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To find out how Yahoo treats your personal information, please visit our Privacy Policy. This page describes current Yahoo practices with respect to this product. Information on this page may change as Yahoo adds or removes features.

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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 on Yahoo Mail Classic is not to use 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.
  • Premium services are available for a fee. When you sign up for premium services, you will be asked to enter your credit card information. Yahoo takes your security seriously and takes reasonable steps to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to encrypt the transmission of your credit card and other information used when ordering premium services.

Information Sharing and Disclosure Practices

  • Yahoo Mail includes IP addresses in outgoing mail message headers, as specified by standard Internet protocol.
  • The Yahoo Mail Personal Address service provides domain registration through Internet Names Worldwide. We ask you to supply the personal information of the registrant and administrative contact such as their name, address, telephone number, and email address. This information is transmitted to Internet Names Worldwide (a division of Melbourne IT Limited), or "INWW," for the purpose of registering your web address (domain name). By registering a web address, the personal information that you indicate as registrant and administrative contact will be made publicly available by INWW as required by the Internet's governing organization, ICANN.
  • When users click the Spam and Not Spam buttons, information is sent to Yahoo Mail's anti-spam team or other spam compliance service providers for review, and aspects of these messages may be shared with the sender to reduce spam. See our spam FAQ for more information.

Practices Regarding Your Ability to Update or Delete Information

  • You can modify your settings and preferences in your Yahoo Mail account by accessing "Mail Options" or your “Account Information.
  • Billing
    • To view, edit or cancel Yahoo Premium Services you have ordered, please visit Yahoo Premium Services Account Information. It includes information about services you currently subscribe to, payment scheduling and payment history.


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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