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Mar 13, 2006
Focus: Business
Action Request: Boycott
Location: United States
==> Yahoo is evil <==

In addition to being boring capitalists, yahoo.com is in the practice of helping to jail Chinese reporters and dissidents. On December 2003, Chinese dissident Li Zhi was sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for inciting "subversion" using evidence provided by yahoo. On April 2005, Shi Tao (a journalist working for a Chinese newspaper) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for leaking details of a censorship order, again using evidence provided by yahoo.

This horror is not isolated to yahoo: gmail, hotmail, and aol all make it standard practice to turn over requested documents without even attempting to contest the request. The much reported refusal by google to turn over historical search statistics to the US government misses the fact that they already allow the government to scan all gmail traffic (as do yahoo, hotmail and aol).

We encourage you to stop using yahoo and the other services it owns (flickr, del.icio.us, and geocities, to name a few).
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Posted: Mar 13, 2006 3:13am
Jan 16, 2006
Focus: Freedom of Expression
Action Request: Boycott
Location: United States
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.
Look at their updated privacy statement at http://privacy.yahoo.com/privacy.
About half-way down the page, in the section on cookies, you will see a link that says WEB BEACONS.
Click on the phrase "Web Beacons."  On the page that opens, find a paragraph entitled "Outside the Yahoo Network."
In that section find a little "Click Here to Opt Out" link that will let you "opt-out" of their snooping.  Be careful! NOT to click on the next button shown. It is an "Opt Back In" button that, if clicked, will UNDO the opt-out.
Note that Yahoo's invasion of your privacy - and your ability to opt-out of it - is not user-specific.  It is MACHINE specific. That means you  will have to opt-out on every computer (and browser) you use.

Please forward this to your other groups. You might complain, too, but I'm not sure if anyone is listening..
Related article:

Yahoo Web Beacons Igniting Controversy
Yahoo's current privacy policy is causing consternation among some users who object to their use of so-called 'web beacons'. Known in most circles as web bugs, these invisible images are embedded in websites and email and used to track your surfing - and even tell whether you've opened a particular email.
http://antivirus.about.com/od/spywareandadware/a/yahoobugs.htm
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