This was brought up in another group that I am a member of. I had
known about this and already opted out, but sicne many people don't
always read all the details about things like this when they sign up
to join these groups (or indeed, use any of the other many Yahoo
features) that they are automatically considered to be "opt-in" if
they don't "opt-out."
Therefore, I have decided to bring this issue to everyone's
attention, in case some of you may have missed seeing this
This page is found
Web pages may contain electronic images (called a "single-pixel GIF"
or "web beacon") that allow a web site to count users who have
visited that page or to access certain cookies. Yahoo! uses web
beacons in the following ways:
Within the Yahoo! Network
Yahoo! uses web beacons within the Yahoo! network of web sites in
order to count users and to recognize users by accessing Yahoo!
Being able to access Yahoo! cookies allows us to personalize your
experience when you visit Yahoo! web sites that are located both on
and off of the yahoo.com domain. For example, Yahoo! GeoCities pages
are mostly located on the geocities.com domain.
Outside the Yahoo! Network
Yahoo! uses web beacons to conduct research on behalf of certain
partners on their web sites and also for auditing purposes.
Information recorded through these web beacons is used to report
aggregate information about Yahoo! users to our partners. This
aggregate information may include demographic and usage information.
No personally identifiable information about you is shared with
partners from this research.
When conducting research Yahoo!'s practice is to require our partners
to disclose the presence of these web beacons on their pages in their
privacy policies and state what choices are available to users
regarding the collection and use of this information. You may choose
to opt-out of Yahoo! using this information for this research. Please
click here to opt-out.
Note: This opt-out applies to a specific browser rather than a
specific user. Therefore you will have to opt-out separately from
each computer or browser that you use.
Yahoo!'s practice is to include web beacons in HTML-formatted email
messages (messages that include graphics) that Yahoo!, or its agents,
sends in order to determine which email messages were opened and to
note whether a message was acted upon.
In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a web page,
including an ad banner, can act as a web beacon. Advertising networks
that serve ads onto Yahoo! may use web beacons in their
Now, since the "click here" probably didn't show a link for most of
you, I will make it even easier for you. Here is the link to opt-out
of this web beacon tracking: http://pclick.yahoo.com/p?optout
giving out any info, at least if you care about these things. I have
come to care less and less about them knowing where I go, as they
don't identify me PERSONALLY, at least not yet. (Give TIA and the
FBI time, though.) I still chose to opt-out, though. ;)