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Yahoo Mail

Yahoo Mail is a free web-based email service. In order to use Yahoo Mail, you must be a registered Yahoo user. You may also purchase premium services such as Mail Plus for a fee. This Privacy Policy applies to previous versions of Yahoo Mail including Yahoo Mail Classic. To see the Privacy Policy for the newest version of Yahoo Mail, please click here.

Information Collection and Use Practices

  • If you have previously registered with Yahoo, the first time you access Yahoo Mail, you will be asked for the first and last name you would like to display on all outgoing mail messages. You can choose the name you would like your account to reflect.
  • If you register with Yahoo through Yahoo Mail, this information will be collected during the registration process.
  • Yahoo's practice is not to use addressing information or the content of messages stored in your Yahoo Mail account for marketing purposes.
  • Yahoo Mail may automatically identify objects in your email, such as phone numbers, addresses, email addresses and other items of interest (including, but not limited to, inline comments or links to popular image applications), so that you can quickly take actions, such as saving information to your Yahoo Address Book, getting a map, or initiating a search. The identification of these objects is an automated process, carried out by servers that are designed to detect and highlight specific types of words or phrases, but which do not attempt to analyze the meaning of an email. No person reads your email, nor is any personal information collected or stored in this process. Your email is just as private with or without this feature enabled. If this feature is active, you may turn this feature off or adjust the types of objects detected at any time by going to the Mail Options-> General Preferences page or in some cases turn off the feature within an email.
  •  In order to protect users, Yahoo Mail does spam, virus, phishing and malware detection that may use any of the message's contents.
  • If you sign up for Reminders, we ask you to specify your email address and information you want to include in the Reminder.
  • When you use Mail by default your online status will be visible to other members who have you on their friends list and on web pages with an online presence indicator. If you do not wish to display your online status, you can choose to appear offline by signing in as “invisible.” Yahoo Mail includes IP addresses in outgoing mail message headers, as specified by standard Internet protocol.
  • Yahoo may include web beacons in HTML-formatted email messages (messages that include graphics) that Yahoo, or its agents, sends solely to determine if an email message was opened or acted upon by user.

Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices

  • When users click the Spam and Not Spam buttons, information is sent to Yahoo Mail's anti-spam team for review, and aspects of these messages may be shared with the sender to reduce spam.

Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete 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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