Yahoo Search
Yahoo! Mail
Yahoo Privacy > Yahoo! Privacy Centre > Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Privacy and Cookie Policy

We have detailed reference links describing our privacy practices for a wide range of Yahoo! products and services. Find them here.

Relevant Advertising

By bringing content and advertising to you that is relevant and tailored to your interests, Yahoo! provides a more compelling online experience. Our customized "smart" services save you time and cut through the clutter. Learn More about relevant advertising.


Prefer not to receive advertising based on your interests? You can opt out of interest-matched advertising on Yahoo!

Yahoo! Social Bar Privacy

Please read our FAQ to learn more about Yahoo! Social Bar Privacy.

Yahoo! Mail

Yahoo! Mail is a free web-based email service. In order to use Yahoo! Mail, you must be a registered Yahoo! user. 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.
  • If you sign up for Reminders, we ask you to specify your email address and information you want to include in the Reminder.

Email Content Management

Yahoo! considers email transmitted via its service to be the private correspondence between the sender and the recipient. Yahoo! will not monitor, edit, or disclose the contents of a user's private communications, except that user agrees Yahoo! may do so: (a) as required by law; (b) to comply with legal process; (c) if necessary to enforce Yahoo!'s Terms of Service; (d) to respond to claims that such contents infringe the rights of third parties; (e) to protect the rights or property of Yahoo! or others; (f) to identify or resolve technical problems or respond to complaints about the Service; and (g) to implement security measures to guard against viruses, hacks, and other malicious applications or files.

Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information

  • You can modify your settings and preferences in your Yahoo! Mail account by accessing "Options" or your Yahoo! account information.
  • You can edit or remove your Reminders at any time.


Copyright © 2014 Yahoo! All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service