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Yahoo 'Phorm'

Post by m3jzt on Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:10 am


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 use

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 privacystatement 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 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.


Not
a nice program, and it is something I believe will become an invasion
of privacy on a major scale at some time in the future.

Needless
to say, in these days of intrusive snooping by corporations and
governments, opting out may not actually achieve
anything.......Disturbing.
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