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    Yahoo Widget Engine & Widgets

    The Yahoo Widget Engine is a special program, called a run-time environment, which allows you to run widgets on the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. Widgets are mini-programs which run on the desktop. You do not need to be a registered user of of Yahoo to download the Widget Engine or widgets, although some widgets may require login to Yahoo or other sites for certain functionality.

    Developers who post their own widgets to the Yahoo Widgets Gallery must register with the Yahoo Widgets site. To post or interact with the Yahoo Widgets Forums, you will need to sign up for a Forum account. Yahoo Widgets Developer and Forum accounts are currently separate from each other. Developer and Forum accounts are currently also separate from Yahoo accounts. These accounts may be combined in the future.

    Information Collection and Use Practices

    • Yahoo Widget Engine
      • Widget Engine automatically checks for updates to Widget Engine.
      • Widget Engine supports Yahoo login so some widgets built by Yahoo can access password protected data such as your Yahoo Calendar and Yahoo Address Book.
      • When the Widget Engine contacts Yahoo servers, it sends a unique identifier number that allows Yahoo to distinguish between different computers and different people using Widget Engine.
    • Widgets
      • Information provided on this page does not apply to information that may be gathered by widgets not created by Yahoo. Please contact the widget author for more information about what information they collect and their privacy practices.
      • Widgets developed by Yahoo are subject to the Yahoo Privacy Policy.
    • Developer accounts
      • Developer accounts are not currently tied to Forum accounts or Yahoo accounts.
      • We collect name, email address and password for Developer accounts.
      • Your name will posted publicly, crediting you for widgets you submit.
      • We use your email address as your account ID and to contact you if there are problems with your widgets, or for administrative emails regarding your account.
    • Forum accounts
      • Forum accounts are not currently tied to Developer accounts or Yahoo accounts.
      • To create a Forum account, we ask for a user ID, email address, and password.
      • You can choose to receive email from administrators and other members during the registration. Even if you choose to not receive email from administrators, Yahoo may still send you administrative emails containing information that may affect your use of the web site and product.
      • You may choose to fill out a more in-depth profile but it is not necessary to provide this profile information in order to use the forums.

    Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information

    • To log out from your Yahoo account in the Widget Engine:
      • Widget Engine for Windows
        • exit the Widget Engine; or
        • click the Widget Engine task bar icon, located in the lower right corner of your desktop, and select 'Sign Out/ Change User' from the menu.
      • Widget Engine for Mac OS
    • To update information in your Forum account, choose Controls in the menu near the top of forum pages.


    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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