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Re: [opensuse] Yahoo Web Beacons
  • From: "L. V. Lammert" <lvl@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 21:52:23 -0600 (CST)
  • Message-id: <Pine.BSO.4.53.0901112148400.20236@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Sun, 11 Jan 2009, Mark Misulich wrote:

Yahoo is Tracking Group Members

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.

Here is the page to go to if you desire to opt-out in the US:

http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/details.html

Sorry, .. but if you're blocking cookes & JS there is no way to store
tracking information ON your machine.

The page above is actually a 'front' to have you STORE, most likely, a
cookie on your machine that Yahoo can then use in future operation to
track your browsing just like Google-Analytics.

As proof, go to that page, turn off JS & Cookies - there is no way to 'Opt
Out' because there is no way to set a cookie ON your machine indicating to
Yahoo that you have 'Opted Out'.

If you have any concerns about privacy at all, the steps you take will
include:

1) Download and use a browser capably of being reasonable 'safe' by
blocking cookies and JS.

2) Use appropriate plug-ins to allow cookies or JS from sites you WISH to
allow - e.g. NoScript for Firefox.

Lee

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Leland V. Lammert lvl@xxxxxxxxxxx
Chief Scientist Omnitec Corporation
Network/Internet Consultants www.omnitec.net
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