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Yahoo Mail redesign becomes permanent, privacy issues surface

John P. Mello Jr | June 4, 2013
The new Yahoo privacy agreement allows the company to scan your email for information to create targeted advertisements.

Not only are emails scanned, but instant messages, too, Downey said. And they're scanned for more than just advertising purposes. The companies are looking for keywords, location info, and "risk" words that would help determine if you're violating someone's copyright or planning to break the law.

"It's very Big Brother," she observed, "and it's definitely an erosion of privacy.


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