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#1 OFFLINE   Corrine

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:39 PM

From Oath’s new privacy policy allows it to scan your Yahoo and AOL mail for targeted advertising - The Verge:

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Oath confirmed to CNet that it rolled out a unified privacy policy to its AOL and Yahoo brands. The updated policy (spotted by Jason Kint) states that the company “analyzes and stores all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail,” which will allow it to “deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services.”

The policy also states that the company can “analyze your content and other information (including emails, instant messages, posts photos, attachments, and other communications),” and it singles out messaging from financial institutions, saying that it “may analyze user content around certain interactions with financial institutions.” Oath says that its automated systems will strip out “information that on its own could reasonably identify the recipient.” It might also collect Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) data from images that you upload, and utilize image recognition to “identify and tag scenes, color, best crop coordinates, text, actions, objects, or public figures.”

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:50 PM

I do not understand why anyone would ever think that webmail was ever private in the least little bit. If your data is hosted on a company's server, why would you think that the company would not be scanning their data? Once it's on their servers, it is their data.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:41 PM

 securitybreach, on 15 April 2018 - 03:50 PM, said:

I do not understand why anyone would ever think that webmail was ever private in the least little bit. If your data is hosted on a company's server, why would you think that the company would not be scanning their data? Once it's on their servers, it is their data.
So you don't Hushmail is being honest about their policy? and don't forget Lavabit. I'm sure there are other examples that users could cite.
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:24 AM

Since privacy policy seems mislabeled because there is no privacy, why not just call it our current policy for users.

Just like the meaningless papers I get from banks on privacy. It basically says, "we share everything with 3rd parties". If you drop us, we still share your information. What a waste of paper.
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Posted 07 May 2018 - 03:54 PM

Sad... has GMail been doing this for years? Or did they quit years ago when Yahoo said they didn't do this?

Also... AOL also handles Verizon DSL email now. Wonder if this policy would pertain to the AOL/Verizon users?
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Posted 07 May 2018 - 05:24 PM

 LilBambi, on 07 May 2018 - 03:54 PM, said:

Also... AOL also handles Verizon DSL email now. Wonder if this policy would pertain to the AOL/Verizon users?

Well yeah, Verizon bought AOL back in 2015. Verizon is probably the reason it has happened.
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Posted 07 May 2018 - 09:27 PM

Yes, it's AOL, YAHOO, and Verizon... all the same company these days.

Want privacy for real? ProtonMail.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 08:52 AM

 zlim, on 16 April 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Since privacy policy seems mislabeled because there is no privacy, why not just call it our current policy for users.

Just like the meaningless papers I get from banks on privacy. It basically says, "we share everything with 3rd parties". If you drop us, we still share your information. What a waste of paper.
I suspect that their lawyers insist they "waste" that paper to avoid unfavorable rulings in certain lawsuits.
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 01:59 PM

So far, I haven't agreed. The page comes up every time I try to get to my inbox and I x it out, then proceed to read my email.
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