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Yahoo! Messenger for Mac
Yahoo! Messenger allows you to exchange instant messages, text messages (SMS), and Computer-to-Computer voice calls with your online friends. If you subscribe to the Phone In or Phone Out premium services, you can also use Messenger to make or receive calls from regular telephones.
You must be a registered Yahoo! user in order to use Yahoo! Messenger. Yahoo! Messenger establishes a connection to the Internet when it is active -- much like a browser does -- in order for communications to be received and transmitted.
Information Collection and Use Practices
Yahoo! Messenger automatically checks for updates to Yahoo! software.
You can establish a messenger list within Messenger and be added as a friend to other users’ messenger lists.
By default, your online status, display image and nickname will be visible to other Messenger users who you instant message with or who have you on their messenger list.
You can choose to appear offline by signing in as “invisible.”
You can selectively appear online or offline to specific friends or groups of friends on Messenger using the Stealth Settings option
You can choose to appear offline and block a user from sending you messages using the “ignore” option
Yahoo! allows users to save messages so that they may retain records of their instant messaging communications.
By default, Yahoo! Messenger will archive your message history for the current session, until you sign out. When that that session ends, the message archive will be deleted.
To change your archiving preferences in Messenger, choose Yahoo! Messenger > Preferences > Messaging
Please be aware that even if you choose not to save your message history, members you correspond with may opt to use the functionality available in their version of Messenger to save the communications. Also note that some versions of Yahoo! Messenger allow other users to save their conversations with you to their account on Yahoo! servers, just like email. Get more information regarding Message History by visiting Yahoo! Messenger Help.
You can delete your archived messages by selecting the message, and clicking on the “Delete” button. However, this does not delete any of your conversations saved by other users.
Messenger gives you the opportunity to report instant messages you receive as spam. If you choose to report spam, Yahoo! will be sent information about the conversation including the Yahoo! ID of the member being reported, text of the conversation, and your Yahoo! ID.
When you invite someone to use Messenger using our form (as opposed to add someone as a friend to your friend list), you will need to provide that person's email address. Information collected on that form will only be used to send an email on your behalf and will not be used for any marketing purposes.
By default any other member using Messenger may send you Computer-to-Computer calls. You can change your preferences so that you only receive calls from members on your friends list.
Yahoo! does not save Computer-to-Computer calls and other voice communications that go through our servers. However, the voice mails you record for other members are stored on Yahoo! servers. Yahoo!'s practice is to not use the content of those voice mail messages.
If you are using the premium Phone In product in conjunction with Yahoo! Messenger, people using a normal phone will be able to call you in Yahoo! Messenger using your Phone In phone number.
If you use the premium Phone In or Phone Out services, we will store a call log on your personal Yahoo! Voice Services page.
Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices
By using Messenger, you may choose to make some of your personal information public or you may choose to share some of your personal information with others.
If you post personal information online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return.
Messenger sometimes uses a peer-to-peer connection during its operation, including times when you may be using it for instant messaging (text conversations), file sharing, Computer-to-Computer calling and webcam streaming. Peer-to-peer means that your computer connects directly to the other user's computer in the conversation without needing to go through Yahoo! servers. As such, your IP address is available to users you share a peer-to-peer connection with.
If you are using our premium Phone Out Voice service to make calls from Yahoo! Messenger to normal telephones, your caller ID (telephone number and your name) may be shared with the receiving end. To mask your number in caller ID, in Messenger choose Yahoo! Messenger > Preferences > Voice & Calls.
Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information
You can edit your Messenger settings and preferences through the Messenger menu.
Messenger automatically stores a record of calls made and received.
If you use the premium Phone In or Phone Out services, we will store a call log on your personal Yahoo! Voice Services page .
To view, edit or cancel Yahoo! premium Voice services you have ordered, please visit: Yahoo! Voice Billing. It includes information about services you currently subscribe to, payment scheduling and payment history.