- May 13, 2002It appears to me that the Yahoo page which allowed us to opt out of
receiving separate advertising messages (SPAM) is gone. I note that
on the email preferences pages, my answer to "receive ads..." has been
set to "YES" with no apparent way to change it. If you have noticed
an increase in SPAM lately, perhaps this is the reason.
I suggest that if this is true (perhaps I missed something), each of
us might complain to Yahoo about this change having been made without
notice to list subscribers. Also, a note to the FCC or FCC, as well
as our governmental representatives, might well be in order.
I have no quarrel with Yahoo (or any other such enterprise) needing to
earn a profit. I do have a problem, however, with companies making
free use of, and interfering with, my control of what might be in any
other circumstance personal information. There are already government
mandated ways to (attempt to) limit telephone solicitation, and
industry has had to provide a means to accomplish this end.
It appears that Yahoo has no interest in the spirit that motivates
these restrictions, and thus Yahoo invites the government to step in
where Yahoo fails. Industry CANNOT police itself. We have seen this
over and over again. Perhaps if we complain loudly enough, something
will be done. And please don't tell me to use the "delete" key (which
I do, of course, without even looking at the SPAM). That's like
telling a person assaulted by a telemarketer to "hang up." That is
not the point.
I am posting this to all the groups to which I subscribe, and I do
apologize for the unwanted duplication, should that occur.