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Peter Spina
16th January 2006, 19:03
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

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."

In that section find a little "Click Here to Opt Out" link that will let
you "opt-out" of their snooping. Be careful! NOT to click on the next
button shown. It is an "Opt Back In" button that, if clicked, will UNDO
the opt-out.

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:

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 a
particular email.

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