Taiwan Business Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

Mon, Sep 09, 2013 - Page 14


Taiwan requested Yahoo data

Taiwan was one of the 17 countries or territories that requested data on Yahoo users in the first half of this year, according to Yahoo Inc’s global transparency report, released on Friday. Yahoo received about 29,000 government requests for data on its users in the first six months this year, the report said, adding that about 43 percent of those requests came from the US. In addition to the US, Yahoo listed requests from 16 other countries or territories, including Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, India, New Zealand, Singapore, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Britain, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. The Yahoo report followed the release of similar information from other technology firms, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. Taiwan’s requests for Yahoo users data were mainly for criminal investigation purposes, especially for investigating online purchase frauds, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said on Saturday.


Fair to generate US$30m

Taiwan expects a regional trade fair in northeastern China to generate as much as US$30 million in potential business, the Taipei-based Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) said on Saturday. A total of 168 Taiwanese companies are attending the ninth China-Northeast Asia Expo, which began on Friday and runs until Wednesday in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, TAITRA vice secretary-general Walter Yeh (葉明水) said. Yeh said that the businesses are displaying more than 1,000 products at the fair, covering three general categories — Taiwan Excellence Award products, food and culture-based creative products.