The Associated Press looks at privacy and security questions surrounding e-mail changes announced by Yahoo. The company is acting carefully after seeing backlashes from changes by Google and Facebook to their systems.
Yahoo is hoping to turn on a new sharing option in its popular e-mail service without shocking users who prize their privacy.
That’s why the Sunnyvale Internet company is advising its 280 million e-mail account holders to review their privacy settings along with their incoming messages.
Yahoo posted the privacy reminder this week as it prepares to unveil new features that will share its e-mail users’ online activities and interests with people listed in their address books unless they take steps to prevent the information from being broadcast. The new sharing tools will be appearing in people’s e-mail accounts this month. […]
Yahoo has been testing and talking about these changes for months, but it’s treading carefully after seeing both Facebook and Google stumble recently when they retooled their services so more personal information would appear on the Web. Some of those changes irked users, privacy watchdogs and lawmakers.