Yahoo Users Must Waive Class Action Rights Or Stop Using Service


Yahoo logoIf you use any of Yahoo's services, especially Yahoo email, you'll be giving up any class action rights if you continue to use Yahoo services and agreeing to a privacy policy that allows your email to be analyzed and stored.

Yahoo had a data breach that involved most (if not all) of Yahoo email accounts in 2013, although the breach didn't become public knowledge until 2016. Verizon subsequently purchased Yahoo. In March of this year, a U.S. judge ruled that victims of the data breach can sue the company in the US.

Now, Verizon is requiring people who use Yahoo services to waive any class action rights and agree to settle disputes through arbitration, and has a new privacy policy impacting email users that allows Verizon to  "analyze and store all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail. This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services."
The privacy policy doesn't let users opt out of targeted ads.

More details are at Ars Technica.

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I'm sure this url was provided by some forum here but but my Parkinson's brain doesn't remember ;)

Background settings can also be set to turn off which applications run when browsers run. I only use Edge when wanting to evaluate features. Microsoft has pushed so many features we won't use it is terribly top heavy. Thanks to Gizmo's and people like Rhiannon who give their time here!

That's a good article, thanks. :)

I have a tendency to turn off anything I don't need or want running in the background. 

And, you're welcome, but none of the Gizmo's crew would be here, if it weren't for all of you. :)

My thanks to Gizmo for keeping me up to date on the things that keep me safe while on the internet and not to mention all the useful software and services.

Thank you for your kind words. :)

This is a useful - if worrying - heads-up on how Yahoo is trying to protect itself from data-misuse complaints from potentially disgruntled customers. In the wake of growing concern about the way Google snoops in order to target ads, and the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, the big players are obviously trying to do more to fend off legal challenges.

I have a couple of Yahoo email accounts but am thinking of giving them up. More worrying (this side of the pond, in UK) is that I believe Yahoo is the subcontracted operator of the email services provided by the UK's major telecoms firm, BT. Presumably a similar relationship to that which Yahoo has with AT&T in the US? If so, then many more people will be affected than just those who have a "Yahoo" account.

If other companies are using Yahoo as a carrier for their email traffic, they probably aren't subject to Yahoo's terms and conditions - it would depend on how the agreements are structured I would guess.

I agree Verizon/Yahoo is moving to protect itself - I've been seeing that Oath terms of service notice pop up on sites that are apparently owned or affiliated with Yahoo/Verizon, the most recent being Engadget. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

rhiannon; the ultimate goal is to put the ads right in front our face in windows 10. As users we are part of the problem. We accept what could have been many more options 10 years ago.

I agree. I only use Windows 10 on my laptop, it's not used often. All the ads are blocked there. Everything is as locked down as I can possibly get it on Windows 10, the connection is set to metered, etc. etc.

I doubt it will ever be my main operating system unless some things change. At the moment the plan is to switch over to Linux full time when support for Windows 8.1 ends.
In part that's due to limited bandwidth, both speed and data caps - one round of Windows 10 updates wipes out my data cap for a month and my internet usage is then limited to checking email. Web pages won't load, the connection is too slow. Ah, the joys of rural living. :)

With Linux at least I can buy a new CD/DVD when a new version is released for not much money and my data and bandwidth stay intact.

on one computer, it happens to be a laptop, I evaluate per-releases of win 10. It certainly wouldn't be my main computer. I don't have nearly the problems others do :-) if that makes any sense. Security is the main difficulty, such a mess. Today I accidentally found an intrusion into Firefox passwords. Why anybody would want my information is beyond me. Linux seems like the best route but being an old 67 has slowed me down ;)

You might find this article of interest.
There are also recent examples of what recent distro releases look like here, albeit some have had a few minutes of customization over the default.
If you need any specific help to either switch to Linux, or dual-boot it with your current Windows system, just let me know. MC - Site Manager.

Thanks MC.

It makes sense. I run a release or two behind Windows 10 on my laptop.

Security is always an issue, for all operating systems as far as I can tell.

I don't enable password saving in any browser though I'm a Firefox fan from early beta many years ago. I prefer a password manager. :)


No matter how discouraging the Internet Security gets, I will continue marching on. In 1997, the first email address I had; after gofer mirc. etc. was Yahoo. Just as the Internet was born, people like us take more of the risks and plow through dangerous trenches. The worst of the Internet are ads from Tom Selleck to get the helpless into reverse mortgages. Commercial ads eventually will be a part of Windows. I hate election time, TV via Internet begins to crawl.

Me, too. I'm in for the long haul.

Conmercial ads are already part of Windows 10.

Since they gave Windows 10 upgrades out for free it appears Microsoft no longer considers non-enterprise class users to be customers - we are now a revenue stream.
Taking a page from Facebook and Google, apparently. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Anybody any idea about how AT&T email accounts are affected?

AT&T years ago made that wise decision to have Yahoo technically handle AT&T emails.

In my area affected accounts are * and *

I can't find a reliable, definitive answer for either of those two services.
To the best of my knowledge, Yahoo does not own AT&T, but it is the email provider.
It would make sense that if those aren't Yahoo accounts, they aren't subject to Yahoo's terms and services, but, I would check with AT&T and sbcglobal email support to be sure.

AMAZING! Just after transferring my bank notification emails from Gmail due to Google snooping concerns. Yes, I was locked out of Yahoo! until the terms were read and I agreed. Freakout! In other words, "all your info is mine"! Google freaked me out after browsing my Google history.
Immediately after reading Yahoo's terms I started emptying the emails. Sent them to an Outlook address. Saved to .pdf or as webpages. Now to move bank emails to Tbird!
And thanks Rhiannon for the pop imap link. It probably will help configure Tbird.

The settings for Thunderbird or another email client look like they would work - before I shared the link I did some searching and the same settings came up in other articles, but they were older than the one I provided so I went with the most recent information.

"all your infos are belong to us" :)

I believe Google scans all emails as well, and uses the content to target ads. Google has done this for some years that I know of.

I recommend locking down everything in your Google account unless you use Google services across devices, then some of it isn't practical but a good part of it would be applicable I think. Gmail and Google Calendar are the only two Google services I use across devices.

I recently double checked my gmail accounts using this process and it still works.

This is really bad bad bad service. They just keep getting worse and worse.

At this rate I wonder where Yahoo will be 5 years from now...

I don't know where they will be. I suspect Verizon didn't buy Yahoo for the email service so it may not be a priority for them. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I know a few people who like and use Yahoo and probably will continue to do so. My aim is to provide information so people can make informed decisions, whatever they decide to do. :)

Yep, this is really terrible. I have a Yahoo account, and I don't use it that much. Now if anyone has any idea how to download all of my emails, then please share. I would like to then delete my Yahoo account. Will have to check too, whether I am using the email for any other service. One is Flickr, which is thankfully out of Yahoo now.

You can use Thunderbird to sync with Yahoo and then copy the emails you want to save and paste them into a local folder.
As far as using Yahoo, I have only used it for junk mail like if you need to enter an email address to get into a site. My actual
email is at another more secure service.

The settings to use to get Yahoo email on most email clients (Windows and Mac) are here.
I haven't tested them as I no longer have access to a Yahoo email account.

I usually use disposable or temporary email addresses or a gmail address for sites that might use my address to send me email I don't want to receive.

I haven't used any email client till now. Let's see if I get around to it.

I used to use Yahoo as a main account years ago. Not anymore though.

SmugMug just bought Flickr. I'm not sure how that will impact users or what changes will be made, other than to current Terms and Conditions.

There will always be enough users who are either ignorant of the terms or just don't care, same as Facebook users who don't think they're being targeted by burglars and pedophiles and WhatsApp is totally secure. MC - Site Manager.