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    Yahoo Messenger for Vista

    Yahoo Messenger for Vista allows you to exchange instant messages with your online friends.

    You must be a registered Yahoo user in order to use Yahoo Messenger for Vista. Yahoo Messenger for Vista 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

    • You can establish a contact list within Yahoo Messenger for Vista and be added to other users’ contact lists.
      • You will need to provide the Yahoo ID of the user you would like to add to your contact list.
      • Depending on the version of Messenger that they are using, users you request to add to your contact list may receive a notification of your request.
    • You will be notified when another Messenger user has requested to add you to their contact list.
      • If you accept the request, you will appear on the other users’ contact list and they will see when you are signed on to Yahoo Messenger.
      • If you deny the request, you will not appear on the other user’s contact list; however, they will still be able to send you instant messages.
        • If you deny the request, the user will receive a notification that you have denied their request as well as any optional message that you provided when denying the request.
    • Some versions of Messenger give you the option to install Yahoo Search Protection which is a program that will alert you if an attempt is made to change your default browser search engine from Yahoo.  In some cases, Yahoo Search Protection will disable the product attempting to change your default setting.  For more information on how this program treats your information, please visit the Yahoo Search Protection privacy module.
    • You can upload a display image or choose to display an avatar that will be displayed in association with your Yahoo Messenger for Vista activity.
      • Your Avatar and any display image that you upload via Yahoo Messenger for Vista will be available for display and use across the Yahoo Network in association with your various Yahoo profiles and content.
    • Yahoo Messenger for Vista will archive your message history for the current session, until you sign out.
      • When you sign out of Yahoo Messenger for Vista, the message archive will be deleted and inaccessible the next time you sign on to Yahoo Messenger for Vista.
      • Other versions of Yahoo Messenger may allow users to save their conversations with you to their account on Yahoo servers, just like email. Click here to learn more about Message History.
    • When you report an instant message as 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.

    Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices

    • By default, your online status, display image, nickname and Yahoo ID may be visible to users who you instant message with or who have you on their contact list.
      • You can appear offline to all users by signing in as “invisible.”
        • When you are signed in as ‘invisible’, users will still be able to send you instant messages.
      • You can appear permanently offline to certain users on your contact list by right clicking their name and selecting the ‘appear permanently offline’ option.
        • Other users will still be able to send you messages even if you have chosen to appear permanently offline to them.
    • You can block a user from sending you instant messages by using the “ignore” option.
      • If you wish to ignore a user who is on your contact list, you will first have to delete them from your contact list in order to add them to your ignore list.
      • You will appear permanently offline to users on your ignore list.
      • If you wish to send an instant message to a user on your ignore list, you will first have to remove them from your ignore list.
    • When using Yahoo Messenger for Vista, 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.
    • Yahoo Messenger for Vista sometimes uses a peer-to-peer connection during its operation, including times when you may be using it for instant messaging (text conversations) and file sharing,. 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.
      • Your IP address may be available to users with whom you share a peer-to-peer connection.

    Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information

    • To add or remove users from your Ignore List, select ‘Ignore List’ from the ‘Preferences’ menu.
    • To update or remove your display image or avatar, click your current display image or avatar on the main Yahoo Messenger for Vista window, select ‘My Display Image’ from the ‘Settings’ menu or press ‘Ctrl+Shift+D’.
    • To edit the contact information of a user on your contact list, right click their name and select the ‘Edit Contact Info’ option.
      • You will be taken to your Yahoo Address Book where you will be required to sign into the Yahoo Network in order to edit the contact information.


    This page describes current Yahoo practices with respect to this particular service. This information may change as Yahoo revises this service by adding or removing features or using different service providers. To find out how Yahoo treats your personal information, please visit our Privacy Policy.

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