Sunday, January 4, 2009

 

Yahoo Cookies Tracking My Every Move

Uniperson GPN emailed me the info below. I guess I don't mind Yahoo finding out about me. If someone wants to embarass me by linking me to controversial material, they can do it anyway, and I've nothing to hide.

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://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." On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network." To the left of that section find a little "Click Here to Opt Out" link (given below) that will let you "opt-out" of their snooping.

http://info. yahoo.com/ privacy/us/ yahoo/opt_ out/targeting/ details.html

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..

Related article http://msmvps. com/blogs/ harrywaldron/ archive/2005/ 03/09/38006. aspx

Yahoo Web Beacons Igniting Controversy Yahoo's current privacy policy is causing consternation among some users who object to their use of so-called 'web beacons'. Known in most circles as web bugs, these invisible images are embedded in websites and email and used to track your surfing - and even tell whether you've opened.

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