Not only Facebook
So I opted out. But how I now appear to them still includes my device IP address, so I don’t know if that really achieved much.
The email led me to the revised terms of service for Yahoo mail,and much much more (see their illustration) now part of the conglomerate formerly known as AOL-Verizon:
“Hi, we’re Oath
Oath is home to the sites and apps you know and love, such as HuffPost, Tumblr, Yahoo Mail, TechCrunch and many more.
Our stories and services connect with 1 billion people around the world every day.
Our technologies make sure you have experiences that reflect your passions, interests and goals.
So you feel like one in a billion.”
Which is exactly how I do feel right now. One billion bought and sold.
Continuing on the Oath website,
“It takes a team
Sometimes it takes teamwork to bring you the experiences that you expect and want. We may provide information to our parent company Verizon, our partners and other parties for product improvements, research and analysis, and to help them provide you with more relevant experiences and ads.”
So they can take my individual data and sell it to third parties to help them decide what ads to send me. Like Facebook did with Cambridge Analytica, but this time I’ve agreed in advance.
But wait; can’t I adjust my settings? Clicking on Your Data Controls, I get
“Take the controls
Your privacy is as important to us as it is to you. That’s why we give you controls. You can see and manage your account information, marketing preferences, location data, search history and more.”
There’s a Learn More tab, so I clicked on it, and got
“Take the controls
Think of data as a set of tools. We use them to build the best possible site and app experiences, but you have controls. You can visit our Privacy Center at any time to review, manage, and download your data.”
So I clicked on Privacy Center, and got
“The requested URL was not found on this server.
Please check the URL for proper spelling and capitalization. If you’re having trouble locating a destination on Yahoo, try visiting the Yahoo home page or look through a list of Yahoo’s online services. Also, you may find what you’re looking for if you try searching below.”
I would be interested in other people’s experiences.