Thursday, August 18, 2005

Serious Privacy Threat to Yahoo Groups Users

I checked this out - it's true and I have opted out!

Yahoo is now using something called "Web Beacons" to track Yahoo Group users around the net and see what you're doing and where you are going similar to cookies. Yahoo is recording every website and every group you visit.

Take a look at their updated privacy statement: http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy 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. That will bring you to a paragraphentitled "Outside the Yahoo Network." In this section you'll see a little "click here to opt out" link that will let you "opt-out" of their new method of snooping.
Once you have clicked that link, you are exempted.

Notice the "Success" message on the top of the next page. Be carefulbecause on that page there is a "Cancel Opt-out" button that, if clicked, will *undo** the opt-out.

Feel free to forward this to other groups.

2 Comments:

At 6:16 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Thank you so much for this "heads up". I had no idea they did this!

 
At 5:06 PM, Blogger rosi said...

What a great tip. I never would have followed all of those links. Thanks so much. Love the felted bag. Nice work.

 

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