Web Beacons

Discussion in 'Bloody Computers' started by Tanzi, Jan 4, 2009.

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  1. Are you a member of a Yahoo Group ? This may affect you.

    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/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.
    > Please forward this to your other groups. You might complain, too,
    > but I'm not sure if anyone is listening. I remember when they signed
    > all users up to get spam and we had to opt out of that a few years
    > ago.
  2. Facebook do something similar - and there's no opt out policy to my knowledge.

    There was a plan to do something even more extreme not so long ago - whereby the ISP would install software which did all of this stuff automatically. Thankfully the Government actually made the right call on this one (for the mean time atleast).
  3. Thanks for that Tanzi. I shall pass it on to my ex jennywren group. :thumright:
  4. maybe if we wrote and said it was against our human rights to be snooped on like this, nah, I still think they wouldn't listen. oh well, back to the kitchen JW you're more use in there!!
  5. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Forwarded the original post to my list and got this in reply

    Thank you for forwarding this.

    I don't use Yahoo groups or any other forum type service. But I followed
    the link out of curiosity.

    The Yahoo link gives you the option of visiting the Network Advertising
    Initiative web site where you can opt out of all the network advertising
  6. Just having a read has probably put the 'phorm' virus onto your pc and they can follow you everywhere.
    You will know if sometime in the future you start getting advertising you don't particularly want.

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