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article imageThe new Yahoo! Terms of Service

By Alexander Baron     Feb 11, 2014 in Internet
If you have a Yahoo! account, you should be aware that it will shortly be changing its terms of service - that document nobody reads.
Yahoo! is moving its European operations to Ireland, and with this move comes a change of its terms of service. The document advising users of this sounds dire, concluding:
"Your continued use of Yahoo services after 21 March 2014 means that you accept the changes to the Terms and Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to them, then you must close your account before 21 March 2014."
You will find more information on its dedicated help pages, but how will these changes affect you? Probably in no way you would notice or care about. Because the new provider, Yahoo EMEA, is incorporated in Ireland, it will function under Irish law.
Just in case you were not aware though, here is an extract from the Yahoo! privacy policy:
"Yahoo also automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, Yahoo cookie information, software and hardware attributes, and the page you requested. Once you register with Yahoo and sign in to our services you are no longer anonymous to us and your usage data will be connected to your account."
Got that? There is no anonymity on the Internet.
If you find terms of service documents long and perplexing, in particular if you don't understand what you are agreeing to when you click the "I Agree" button, there is a website especially for you.
Terms of Service Didn't Read was set up Hugo Roy of the Free Software Foundation Europe, and several others. It covers all the major players including Google and Facebook. Some of the interesting facts compiled here include policies relating to disclosure of personal information, and that when using some of these platforms you cannot delete your account.
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