Fw: [Yanmardiesel] Yahoo privacy intrusion
What do you think, Rich.
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--- On Fri, 1/2/09, pjacobs55 <prjacobs@...> wrote:
From: pjacobs55 <prjacobs@...>
Subject: [Yanmardiesel] Yahoo privacy intrusion
Date: Friday, January 2, 2009, 12:22 PM
Sorry for the off-topic post, but I believe Yahoo users should know
The following is not from me, but from a member of another group:
I have received the following info from another Yahoo group which I
belong to, and I think everyone should be aware of this potential
privacy intrusion. It is of course up to each individual to opt out.
It would have been nice if Yahoo had informed users about this in a
more explicit and open manner and not just bury in under other
computer cookie gobbledegook.
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Yahoo is Tracking Group Members
If you belong to ANY Yahoo Groups - be aware that Yahoo is now using
"Web Beacons" to track every Yahoo Group user. It's similar to
cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website and every group you
visit, even when you're not connected to Yahoo. Look at their updated
privacy statement at
http://info. yahoo.com/ privacy/us/ yahoo/details. html
About half-way down the page, in the section on *cookies*, you will
see a link that says *WEB BEACONS*.
Click on the phrase "Web Beacons." On the page that opens, on the left
find a box entitled "Opt-Out."
In that section find "opt-out of interest-matched advertising" link
that will let you "opt-out" of their snooping. Click it and then click
the opt-out button on the next page.
Note that Yahoo's invasion of your privacy - and your ability to
opt-out of it - is not user-specific. It is MACHINE specific. That
means you will have to opt-out on every computer (and browser) you
Please forward this to your other groups. You might complain, too, but
I'm not sure if anyone is listening. I remember when they signed all
users up to get spam and we had to opt out of that a few years ago.
http://antivirus. about.com/ od/spywareandadw are/a/yahoobugs. htm
<http://antivirus. about.com/ od/spywareandadw are/a/yahoobugs. htm>
Also, from another user:
The following is from another Yahoo discussion group. Please read and
action as you see fit. I suggest that if you wish to opt out, you do
it on the following page:
http://networkadver tising.org/ managing/ opt_out.asp
Note that you need to opt out on every browser that you use, on every
pc that you use.
- Hi Bob and Ovida,The post is correct. Yahoo does use these "web beacon" things and you can opt out. I did so several years ago, using essentially the same procedure described in the post.If I understand it correctly, a web-beacon is sort of a "super-cookie" that connects across the sites of Yahoo sponsors. It's not overtly malicious, but conceptually, it's creepy.That said, I don't have a strong opinion on the subject. Most people really don't care, some are absolutely fanatical about it.I hope your post will serve to notify people and get them moving if they want to opt out.RichOn Jan 2, 2009, at 3:14 PM, Bob n Ovida Carter wrote: