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post #1 of 19
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I got this e-mail forwarded to me from a member of the CRF support group on Yahoo. If this has been posted before, I apologize for bringing it up again.

"...Yahoo is tracking you down!

If you belong to ANY Yahoo Group - be aware that Yahoo is now using "Web Beacons" to track the Internet navigation of every Yahoo user. It's similar to cookies, but allows Yahoo to record every website And every group you visit -ANYWHERE- on the Internet, even when you're Not connected to Yahoo.

To stop this privacy invasive surveillance, go to Yahoo's updated privacy statement at:


About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will See a link that says WEB BEACONS.

Yahoo! May set and access Yahoo! Cookies on your computer.
Yahoo! Lets other companies that show advertisements on some of our pages set and access their cookies on your computer. Other companies' use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies, not this one. Advertisers or other companies do not have access to Yahoo!'s cookies.
Yahoo! Uses web beacons to access Yahoo! Cookies inside and outside our network of web sites and in connection with Yahoo! Products and services.

Click on the phrase "Web Beacons." On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network."

In that section find a little "Click Here to Opt Out" link that Will let you "opt-out" of their snooping.
Outside the Yahoo! Network Yahoo! Uses web beacons to conduct research on behalf of certain partners on their web sites and also for auditing purposes.
Information recorded through these web beacons is used to report anonymous individual and/or aggregate information about Yahoo! Users to our partners. Aggregate information may include demographic and usage information. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with partners from this research.
When conducting research Yahoo!'s practice is to require our partners to disclose the presence of these web beacons on their pages in their privacy policies and state what choices are available to users regarding the collection and use of this information. You may choose to opt-out of Yahoo! Using this information for this research. Please click here to opt-out.

Yahoo's monitoring -- and your ability to opt-out of it -- is NOT user-specific.
It is MACHINE -and- BROWSER specific.
*** This means you will have to set the cookie to 'Opt-out' on - every- computer and -every- browser you use to access Yahoo and the rest of the Internet.
Please forward this concern to your other groups...
post #2 of 19
Thanks for letting us know hun, it's dreadful that you can't seem to get any privacy anywhere these days
post #3 of 19
I'm glad it's that easy to opt-out, but I wish we didn't have to worry about things like this in the first place....
Thanks for the info Sharky
post #4 of 19
Thanks for letting us know, sharky.
post #5 of 19
A lot of browsers also have an option to only allow cookies from sites you navigate to on purpose (and not advertisers on those sites). Would be worth checking in addition to that.
post #6 of 19
Holy crap cookies!! Thanks for that information!
post #7 of 19
sheesh, they bury it don't they...
post #8 of 19
Thanks for that notice! I'll be forwarding it the monitors of my groups as well!
post #9 of 19
Thanks for letting us know!
post #10 of 19
stuff like that is why i stopped using yahoo, and there groups couple of years ago
post #11 of 19
Thanks for posting this. I am co-owner of a group on there and never heard of this.
post #12 of 19
thanks so much for that!
post #13 of 19
Same thing with Facebook, tracks you as a user, even if you aren't a member of a group.
post #14 of 19
thanks for the info
post #15 of 19
Thank-you!!!! I had no idea I already did my opt-out.
post #16 of 19
That really irks me! Isn't anything private anymore?? I thought Yahoo was supposed to be "safe" to use!

What about their e-mail program??

Well, I can't do anything about it till the computer's back up again.. But thanks for the info, Sharky.

post #17 of 19
Originally Posted by neetanddave View Post
Same thing with Facebook, tracks you as a user, even if you aren't a member of a group.
Yea well, you know how much i show up on facebook
post #18 of 19
Thank You! I sent the information to my group.
post #19 of 19
I just posted it to my group...thanks again.
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