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I have a couple of Yahoo Mail accounts that I use when corresponding with unknowns, that is people who may or may not be trustworthy.

Noticed a recent change under privacy:
Communication Products

This policy describes our current privacy practices for the Oath Communications brands, websites, features, products, apps, software and other services (“Communications Services”). All information collected, provided to Oath or stored in your Oath Account will be treated, used and protected in accordance with the Oath Privacy Policy. This information may change as Oath revises these Communications Services by adding or removing features or using different service providers. Some Communications Service features are only available if you are a registered user.
This page describes specific privacy practices with respect to Yahoo Address Book, Yahoo Calendar, Yahoo Groups, Yahoo Mail, Yahoo Messenger or other instant messaging services and Yahoo Notepad.
Information Collection and Use Practices - General


  • Oath’s systems may analyze and store all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail, as well as incoming and outgoing messages to messaging apps.
  • We also may analyze and store all other content and other information you provide when you use our Communications Services. This can include information within or about the content you provide, such as photos, attachments and other communications
  • Our systems may analyze all communications content (such as Mail, Groups, Calendar, Address and Messenger content including instant messages and SMS messages) for the purposes outlined in our main Privacy Policy page.
  • This analysis may occur on all communications content as it is sent, received, and when it is stored, including content from services synced with your account. For example, in certain use cases, we run automated algorithms on commercial communications to create generic templates of such documents (e.g., using common language to identify the elements of an airline receipt). These templates do not include the recipient’s personal data. Oath employees may review the templates to improve our services and our personalization of your experience. We may also manually review certain communications to improve our masking template capabilities, develop tools to assist the automated scanning process, improve segmentation and other automated functions and create generic templates of such documents (e.g., using common language to identify the elements of an airline receipt). Our anti-spam team may review messages flagged as “spam” or “not spam” to improve our anti-spam defenses.
IOW they are making free and loose with eMail and message contents. Have been considering closing these accounts for some time, this may be the straw!
 

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I have paid for an e-mail service for the last 12 years to avoid this garbage. No advertising, no scanning, no infiltration, no "friends."
 

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IOW they are making free and loose with eMail and message contents. Have been considering closing these accounts for some time, this may be the straw!

I always had some sort of understanding that Yahoo never was exactly the most trustworthy email server and actually I'm surprised that they are still working, if one can be so generous using those words, especially considering recent "working" reports:
How to Fix Yahoo Mail not Working on iPhone with iOS 11.2/11.1/11
https://www.imobie.com/support/fix-yahoo-mail-not-working-on-iphone.htm

Yahoo email not working with iPhone and iPad Mail app for many users, company investigating a fix
https://9to5mac.com/2018/02/20/yahoo-email-not-working-with-iphone-and-ipad/

Yahoo Mail outages…
Yahoo Mail down? Current status and problems | Canadian Outages

BTW: I wonder how any of their "conditions" actually standup legally in Canada???



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So I obviously declined, but then checked the privacy settings only to discover that it was active. Had to go through about a dozen different control links to make sure it was at least partially deactivated. Today instead of "Decline" the button now says "I will do it later". WTF.

Time for those accounts to go, but will first have to make sure DropBox, ehMac etc have a new location to eMail home.:ptptptptp There are a bunch of these. :eek:

It has appeared to me for some time that Yahoo is in a self destruct mode àlá the US government. This would seem to confirm that theory.
 

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It has appeared to me for some time that Yahoo is in a self destruct mode àlá the US government. This would seem to confirm that theory.

I'm really quite surprised that the Yahoo email service is still actually in use and existing considering all the warnings over the last few years:
Opinion: 'Do you have a Yahoo email account? If so, you should close it'
Opinion: 'Do you have a Yahoo email account? If so, you should close it'

Switch from Yahoo Mail to Gmail, and turn your phone into a physical key
https://www.csoonline.com/article/3...-and-turn-your-phone-into-a-physical-key.html


And then there's this possibility:
Deleting your Yahoo email account? Yeah, good luck with that
https://www.zdnet.com/article/yahoo-not-deleting-email-accounts-say-users/




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I hung on to mine for two reasons. Google was about 6 years ahead of Yahoo with this nonsense of scanning eMail content, and their SPAM filters are far better than anyone elses.

I am looking into alternatives. ZOHO is looking promising as far as free alternatives go, but I will have to investigate more thoroughly before making a change.

As I said all of my various log-in back-ups are tied to Yahoo accounts. I have a comprehensive list but that is still a fair amount of work to change them all, so I only want to do it once.

EDIT: Zoho seems to require a cell phone# so that is out as I am hardly likely to acquire a cell phone to open eMail accounts.
 
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