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Yahoo!Groups Primer Policy

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  • 1. Groups Primer Policy Ahmed Alibrahim 13615617
  • 2. Yahoo! Groups (groups.yahoo.com)
  • 3. Yahoo! Groups Background
    • Yahoo! Groups is one of the services powered by Yahoo! It is a communication tool provided by Yahoo! In the cyberspace.
    • Yahoo! Groups was first launched in 1998.
    • Yahoo Groups! Is a combination of forums and mailing lists, where participants can view messages in a particular group on both their email or the group’s page just like in any Internet forum.
    • Some users use Yahoo! Groups as a message-delivering tool in which the group creator is the only person who can send messages to participants.
    • Yahoo! Groups are also used as a discussion list where members can send and replay messages to the other group’s members.
    • Yahoo Groups is subject to all Yahoo! TOS.
  • 4. Why Is It Important to Read Yahoo! Groups TOS
    • The TOS tells the user about the
    • Ownership of contents.
    • Who is responsible for the content
    • uploaded or transmitted?
  • 5. Why Is It Important to Read Yahoo! TOS
    • How is the privacy of user protected?
    • Is the personal data protected?
    • Can the data be published by Yahoo?
    • TOS explains Policy about personal
    • data sharing with the partners and
    • advertisement targeting
  • 6. Privacy
    • Personal information of Yahoo! Groups members is not made publicly available
    • Access of members personal information are limited only to employees or to be shared with partners
    • Yahoo! Partners have the right to share members personal information and reuse them.
    • Users not reading the TOS would perceive this breach of their personal lives upon finding about it
    • Electronic and physical safeguards are present to protect information
    • Member's accounts are not intercepted by Yahoo! for the purpose of security and monitoring
  • 7. Contents Ownership
    • Information published on Yahoo! Groups is owned by publisher.
    • Yahoo! Groups do not claim the ownership of contents published in any of their pages.
    • The contents published by users are not controlled by Yahoo! Therefore Yahoo! do not guarantee the credibility or integrity of contents Published on Yahoo! Groups.
    • Moreover, Yahoo! Is not responsible for offensive materials Published by members on Yahoo! Groups.
  • 8. Cookies
    • When Yahoo! Groups users agree to Yahoo! TOS, Yahoo! Send cookies to user’s computer.
    • Other Companies advertising on Yahoo! Groups website is also able to send cookies to user’s computers.
    • However, other companies and advertising agencies not dealing with Yahoo! Are not able to place cookies on user’s computers.
  • 9. Surveillance
    • Top contributors of Yahoo
    • check for use of any explicit
    • language.
    • Explicit words shall be removed
    • from the site
    • Monitoring is done by the contributors and Yahoo employees.
  • 10. Children Protection
    • Children under the age of 13 are not allowed to use Yahoo! Groups.
    • However, They are still able to join Yahoo! Groups if they have there parents to join Yahoo! Family accounts.
    • Parents are allowed to control surveillance their children accounts through the Yahoo! Family accounts.
    • They can add, review, and/or delete any certain information they want.
    • If parents do not agree to collect or use their children information they can delete the whole account.
    • They also can make sure that their children’s account has been deleted by visiting Account Deletion page provided by Yahoo!
    • Some groups ask for age verification to be able to join the group.
  • 11. Account Security
    • To join Yahoo! Groups a member should hold an account in Yahoo! which is protected with a username and password.
    • Data provided to create a username should be factual, current and complete to join Yahoo! Groups.
    • Most people do not provide factual data; get involved in immoral activities with fake identity.
    • As a result of that, Termination of account may result on non-integrity of data
  • 12. Pornography
    • Some users use Yahoo! Groups to publish pornography materials.
    • They send pornography photos and adult content videos through Yahoo! Groups.
    • In 2001, Yahoo! Groups started to fight the issue by deleting all groups containing adult materials from the search feature and the groups directory.
    • Yahoo! Made it very challengeable for users to locate such groups unless the user knows the accurate name of the group.
    • To join an adult group an age verification is required by Yahoo!
    • Only adults are allowed to join adult content groups.
  • 13. References
    • Hu, J. (2002) Yahoo buys email list service eGroups in stock deal. Retrieved October 2, 2009 from
    • http://news.cnet.com/Yahoo-buys-email-list-service-eGroups-in-stock-deal/2100-1023_3-242517.html
    • Yahoo! Kids Policy. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/kids
    • Yahoo! Privacy Policy. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/
    • Yahoo! Terms of Service . Retrieved October 4, 2009, from http://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/utos-173.html

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