Yahoo to Users: Let Us Read Your Emails or — Goodbye!

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As of June 1, all Yahoo email users are required to upgrade to the company’s newest platform, which allows Yahoo to scan and analyze every email they write or receive. According to Yahoo’s help page, all users who make the transition agree to let the company perform “content scanning and analyzing of your communications content” to target ads, offer products, and perform “abuse protection.”

Yahoo to Users Let Us Read Your Emails or -- Goodbye!

This means any message that Yahoo’s algorithms find disturbing could flag a user as a bully, a threat, or worse. At the same time, Yahoo can now openly troll through email for personal information that it can share or hold onto indefinitely. See: http://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_MAIL_ML&locale=en_US&id=SLN3254
Archived at: Yahoo mail upgrade.

Gay and haven’t come out yet? Yahoo knows. Having an affair? Your spouse may not know — but Yahoo does. Any interests, ailments or projects you’d rather not share? You’re sharing them with Yahoo, perhaps forever.

The new tracking policy affects more than just Yahoo account holders. Everyone who corresponds with a Yahoo email account holder will also have their own message content scanned, analyzed, and stored by Yahoo, even if they themselves have not agreed to Yahoo’s new terms of service.

“Emailing through Yahoo means surrendering your privacy, whether it’s your own account or your friend’s,” says Harvard-trained privacy expert Katherine Albrecht, who is helping to develop StartMail, an upcoming email service that will not scan its users’ correspondence. “It’s time we start paying attention to these policies, because they’re growing more shockingly abusive every day,” she added.

Where prior versions of Yahoo had tracking policies buried in the fine print, the company’s tracking agenda is now openly stated in paragraph 2: “When you upgrade you will be accepting our …Privacy Policy.” That is, its anti-privacy policy.

Concerned Yahoo users are invited to check out StartMail, a completely private email program slated for release this Fall. Anyone who would like to be a beta tester can visit StartMail (www.StartMail.com) and sign up for the upcoming release.

Rest assured: That information will not be shared with anyone at all.

Especially not Yahoo.

7 Responses

  1. Elaine says:

    I use Yahoo as a filing cabinet now. I started that about two years ago after I was shocked at how they could basically read “everything you wrote.”
    I will explain:
    I “always” kept my “sent” mail to keep me from duplicating articles. One afternoon, I checked my “sent mail” to see If I had sent a specific article to a friend. ALL OF MY SENT EMAIL WAS GONE!
    I freaked out. I contacted Yahoo. This is what freaked me out, and remember this. They told me to “scroll down over my sent emails and they would KNOW what to send back to me.”
    I replied, “Lady! How can I scroll down over my sent emails WHEN THEY ARE ALL GONE!”

    About 5 minutes later, ALL of my sent emails had been returned.
    I immediately opened up a Gmail Account.

    ————
    Another thing that happened this last week. I do NOT have Yahoo on my “contact list”, okay?
    I received my emails from my Yahoo account as well as the latest stories on Yahoo.

    ——
    Twice this week, the Gmail Team has contacted me twice to change my password because someone had been trying to hack my Gmail Account.
    About a week before this, I noticed something weird.
    I have Kapersky Virus/spyware protection and swear by it. When I am signing in for the first time on a new site..you know, you have to put in your “password,” Kapersky has this little “block” over the password section that blocks the view of what you are typing into the Password section.
    IT SUDDENLY DISAPPEARED.
    Right after that is when Gmail people got in touch withe me to get a “new” password.
    Now the little “Kapersky block” is showing up again.

  2. 5 War Veteran says:

    Well then I will start sending special emails out whose text will repeat “F You Yahoo”.

    They can keep their effing email service as well as kiss my rosy brown a$$.

  3. doesntmatter says:

    its about time big brother pulls his fat paddle back out….theres gonna be a lot of red swollen backends….

  4. Kalithumpian says:

    So…can anyone tell me what a “Beta Tester” is? What will yahoo do to those who don’t sign up for their “New and Improved” version of snooping?

  5. Elaine says:

    I left Yahoo after a very freaky experience with them two years ago. I always leave my “sent” mail in tact. I sometimes forget if I mailed a specific email to someone…so I went to my “sent” mail. IT WAS ALL GONE!
    I contacted Yahoo. This is what caused me to leave Yahoo. The person I was talking to said, “Go to your sent email and SCROLL down the titles, and we’ll know what to return.” My reaction was one of panic as I replied, “Lady! How can I scroll down over the titles of emails when I have NO sent email at all!
    About 5 minutes later, all of my sent emails were back!
    I immediately opened a Gmail account. I have been using my yahoo account as a filing cabinet, but I guess that will have to change too.

    • doesntmatter says:

      google is no better…if they haven’t already gotten on board, they are soon behind (but I honestly believe they were cooperating with big brother a loooong time ago). we have finally gotten to the point where you will have to decide whether you will play their game, or gracefully bow out…is your facebook page more important to you than your privacy? is emailing so much more convenient than conventional mailing, so that you are willing to expose the contents to big brother?? decisions, decisions…..

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