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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The latest on Yahoo groups

HEADS UP Yahoo users
Yahoo is tracking group members

Just got this from another YahooGroup owner and thought I would pass along the information:

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

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 use . 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 .

Please send this to anyone or any group you would like .

1 comment:

  1. I did this; very easy to follow, just to be safe!


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