Taro (mother2012) wrote,

Via Esme, via Addie:

First though: Is this policy such a bad thing? I automatically went to the Opt Out, then changed my mind and opted back in. The thing is this: Advertising is what runs our capitalist economy. It's what allows free TV and free internet services. I feel somewhat guilty for always recording my TV programs and then fast-forwarding past the ads, because those advertisers paid for that program I'm enjoying.

We want to keep the internet pretty well free also, and without the advertisers, that can't happen. Now, I recognize that the 'web beacons' could well be used in ways we don't approve of, and if you have something to hide, then by all means opt out. I don't. And while I seldom actually click on an ad, I'm glad of that proof that we have a healthy, and free, economy.

Your privacy - something you should know about!

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://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/webbeacons/details.html
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, on the left find a box entitled "Opt-Out."

In that section find "opt-out of interest-matched advertising" link that will let you "opt-out" of their snooping. Click it and then click the opt-out button on the next page.

*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.*

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