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PostSubject: Yahoo Group Web Beacons - How to keep your privacy   Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:00 am

I just joined a help group and received the post below and thought it would be a good idea to share it with our group!

"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.
Looks like this...

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.
Looks like this...
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
When conducting research Yahoo!'s practice is to require our partners to
di! sclose t he 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.

Be careful (!) NOT to click the button shown on the resulting 'You have
opted out successfully' Page. It is a "Cancel Opt-out" button that, if clicked,
will UNDO the opt-out. Be warned!>


Yahoo's monitoring -- and your ability to opt-out of it -- is NOT

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
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