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NewsPoster May 4, 2014 02:00 PM
Yahoo no longer honoring 'Do Not Track' requests from browsers
Last week, <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/309085==http://www.macnn.com/articles/14/04/16/ceo.to.make.pitch.to.apple.to.make.google.search.o ptional/" rel='nofollow'>Yahoo</a> announced that it would no longer be honoring <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/309086==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/08/08/windows.8.installation.blocks.online.tracking/" rel='nofollow'>Do Not Track</a> requests from browsers accessing the search engine and associated services. The move comes as the company attempts to provide a more personal experience to users, bringing policies in line with other companies that ignore Do Not Track requests such as Facebook and Google. This comes as a reversal to previous statements made by the company, which claimed to be "the first major tech company to implement Do Not Track."<br />
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Yahoo's policy blog (via <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/309083==http://yahoopolicy.tumblr.com/post/84363620568/yahoos-default-a-personalized-experience" rel='nofollow'>Tumblr</a>) made an announcement on the situation, stating that the company has "been at the heart of conversations surrounding how to develop the most user-friendly standard." Yet, the post says, the problem lies in the fact that there has yet to be "a single standard emerge that is effective, easy-to-use and has been adopted by the broader tech industry." The inability to find an effective measure led Yahoo to drop the initiative in order to provide a "highly personalized experience." <br />
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Yahoo account holders will be able to manage their privacy settings through <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/309084==https://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/details.html" rel='nofollow'>Yahoo's privacy center</a>, but the options it provides are only small changes, including the ability to opt out of advertisements. Doing so also requires the use of tracking cookies to keep the settings. <br />
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The change means that Yahoo will be ignoring browser settings which would have applied Do Not Track settings for all websites visited at the request of the user. However, it says the privacy of users "is and will continue to be a top priority" for the company.
 
Steve Wilkinson May 4, 2014 07:14 PM
Yahoo has search?
 
prl99 May 4, 2014 11:16 PM
@Steve sarcasm? If not, try changing your browser search to yahoo or Bing and see what they give you. Of course, now it probably doesn't matter because they all will violate the user's settings.
 
ebeyer May 5, 2014 12:05 AM
"However, the privacy of users "is and will continue to be a top priority" for the company."

Do they think we don't care that they're blatantly BS'ing us or are they testing to see if we've read the article? It's pretty obvious that the privacy of users is a pretty low priority for the company, somewhere below having a fully-stocked sundae bar in the cafeteria.
 
nouser May 5, 2014 08:57 AM
DoNotTrackMe from Albine along with Ghostery from Evidon seem to control the snooping of Google/Yahoo/Facebook and their ilk. I find them quite effective at blocking the cookie monsters while allowing most legit commerce.
 
kerryb May 5, 2014 10:39 AM
People with Facebook or Linkedin accounts should never complain about protecting their privacy.
 
SierraDragon May 5, 2014 01:23 PM
I recommend DuckDuckGo.
 
Grendelmon May 5, 2014 02:11 PM
I second DuckDuckGo.
 
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