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Yahoo is now using "Web Beacons" to track every Yahoo Group user.

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  1. N6EAG

    N6EAG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I found this on the ICOM 756Pro3 group on Yahoo's policy.
    Yahoo is now tracking group members........but you may opt-out

    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 2/3 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 side of the screen, 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) that you use.

    Additional note: You may have opt-out of cookies, but still be in for "web Beacons unless you follow this procedure.

    You may use this and forward it to other groups or users.

  2. N9VO

    N9VO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Actually they've been doing this for quite a while!

    All of us should op-out. Helps with the unsolicited junk a bit.
  3. WA4TM

    WA4TM Ham Member QRZ Page

    More from the opt out site......

    Note: This opt-out applies to a specific browser rather than a specific user. Therefore you will have to opt-out separately from each computer or browser that you use.
  4. K9ZMD

    K9ZMD Subscriber QRZ Page

    The opt-out is stored on a cookie in your computer. If you clear cookies from time-to-time, you may have to reset the opt-out. Depends on how you clear the cookies.

    I regularly use Window Washer on my computer; although it cleans out cookies, exceptions can be stored. I checked the opt-out page again after using Window Washer, and found that my opt-out was not affected. Apparently the exception that I set preserved that cookie.

    I also have the option to clear cookies whenever I close my Mozilla Firefox browser. After clearing cookies that way, I found that my Yahoo opt-out had to be reset. Does anyone know how to set an exception into Firefox cookie clearing?
  5. NE3R

    NE3R Ham Member QRZ Page

    This isn't really new. For years and years signing up for a yahoo account required agreeing to have yahoo monitor your usage in one way or another.

    73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
  6. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    And verily I say unto you, do not clear out thine cookies because if thou shouldst, the google man will come and getcha.

  7. N7RJD

    N7RJD Ham Member QRZ Page

    So if you hear activity on web beacons I guess you should check Echolink for an opening. :p
  8. N7RJD

    N7RJD Ham Member QRZ Page

    A lot of places do that. You agree to allow them to monitor your usage to get past their sign up process and then disable it. Oh wait, that would be violating the EULA on a lot of products and services. That would be almost as bad as removing the tag from a mattress.
  9. NE3R

    NE3R Ham Member QRZ Page


    73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
  10. W9MAV

    W9MAV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sounds illegal.
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