Yahoo Mail

It was nice while it lasted, as from June 3’rd Yahoo Mail changes its Privacy Policy and discontinues its Mail Classic service. All users will be forced to switch to the latest version of Yahoo Mail and for doing that, to accept the new Terms of Service.

If they refuse to do it, they will have to migrate to another webmail service, since they will have no other option. Pretty cool Yahoo, I hope you’re going down in flames.

Maybe you’re thinking I am over reacting, but check this out, things become interesting later in the show: this new version of webmail was actually launched back in December, as a faster and better service than the good old one. Until now, users had the option to keep the old version, with which they were accustomed to. From now on, this option is out.

But take a look at what Yahoo says in the new Terms of Service, as it’s a take it or leave it kind of deal:

Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available. After that, you can access your Yahoo! Mail only if you upgrade to the new version. When you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content.”

In layman’s terms, by consenting to Yahoo’s newest policy which is written directly from 1984, you will wave your right to privacy. Yes, Yahoo will be able to scan and read your email, when it wants, for what purposes it can think of, indefinitely. How cool is that?

Of course, they pretend it’s for your own good, they are scanning (reading) your email in order to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection”.

The only abuse I can think of is from Yahoo itself. And as any abuse, comes with a blunt statement: if you don’t like it, pack up your stuff and go to another webmail client or you may choose to close your Yahoo account. If you are using the Premium features of Yahoo Mail, you will get a refund.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in real privacy over the internet, it is well known that Gmail scans your email in order to target-ad you and the like, but what Yahoo Mail does now via its new Terms of Service it’s an aggressive invasion of privacy, written in their own documents.

And I don’t like it, I don’t think it’s normal, the secret of correspondence should be guaranteed. And there’s no more of that. At least, on Yahoo Mail.

Source: Yahoo

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