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

Discussion in 'ex-Rag Chew Central' started by N6EAG, Jan 3, 2009.

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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 Ham Member 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.
  11. W9MAV

    W9MAV Ham Member QRZ Page

  12. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Staff Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I'm surprised at the number of people who when signing up for various websites like Yahoo, provide all sorts of personal information. While Yahoo might argue the point, for many sites I make something up and if required, use a hotmail address or something else rather than my main ISP email address. No reason not to register as John Smith at 123 Main St, Anywhere, USA.

    If you don't want to provide an email address, you might not be able to receive a confirmation email that you often need to get. There are a few services out there where you can make up an email to give to the web service and have only a set number of emails sent forwarded to your actual email. This keeps spam down as all subsequent emails after the set number you decide you want are simply lost in space.

    I made a point of specifically opting out of email solicitations and don't get any from Yahoo, though I rarely look at what comes through my hotmail account except for something I'm specifically looking for. Everything else routinely gets deleted.

    I remember a couple of years back when Radio Shack demanded to know my phone number and address for a CASH purchase. They finally stopped that stupidity but others still want everything about you, even for cash purchases.

    I refuse to even sign up for all those various "savings" cards from various stores as they just sell your purchase info to third party vendors who then send you more crap that you don't need.

    I worry the day is coming when some vendors *refuse* to accept cash, wanting a credit card so they can tract you. :mad:

  13. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a few Radio Shack clerks refuse to sell to me when I presented cash but refused to provide my phone number. When they told me it was "company policy" I picked up my cash and walked out.

    One time, though, the clerk at one particular mall store called security and had me escorted back into the store. Security thought I had stolen something, and threatened to have the local police arrest me if I didn't "cooperate." When I was returned to the store, the local police were waiting. But once I told my side of the story (and everything that I had planned to buy was still sitting there on the counter, and the cash was still in my pocket), with other store customers as witnesses, I was immediately released.

    (Apologize? Hah! The store manager told me to leave and never come back. This after the local police had a few words for him about "company policy")

    I probably should have called a lawyer... who ever heard of being de facto arrested for offering cash and being refused?... but figured at the time it wasn't worth the aggravation.
  14. N7RJD

    N7RJD Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's a sad day when cash is so suspicious you have to provide identifiable information to use it to purchase merchandise. RS has liked to track their customers since way back. Just remember when in doubt the store as well as their corporate office have a phone number or two. Always nice to have a few dummy numbers laying around. I know someone who would give a DC number along with 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for an address.
  15. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    ;););) i have done that too:D:D .... and the bozo's never even blinked.

    radio shack, you have questions? ... we have dumb looks on our faces.
  16. K5BAQ

    K5BAQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Evan. Like Yahoo; but..........
    k5baq aka Mike
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