Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Yahooooooooooo email scans

It hit me recently that really blog posts don't have to be novella, I don't have to make them about the length of a book, so hopefully I'll be able to make smaller blog posts, more centric to the point, as long as I don't worry too much about making small posts. I've seen people make some very small posts, and felt like I couldn't really do that, but really, a whole lot of people do it, there are some things that just don't need a big post.

Anyway, now I've got that out the way, the point of this post (although that first paragraph DOES make this post bigger lol) is that I read in the news that Yahoo scan a persons emails, which they say they do to get rid of spam, and eventually, offer much "better" advertising to the person.

I'm with the people who have complained, and said this is a blatant intrusion of privacy, as it is. Apparently gmail (the people I use) also do this, and I find it kind of surprising I probably didn't know this, but I guess I probably would have worked it out because when I send an email, adverts relating to the stuff I've talked about appear lol.

A few years back, I did know a guy who said that people do scan emails, but only if certain words are said in them, and I said one of these words, and he pointed out that now he needed a new email address because his had been scanned, and traced back to him, that I can kind of understand I guess, but still, I'm a massive believer in privacy. I prefer having laptops to PC's because I prefer the privacy a laptop offers.

Windows have said that they don't do this, and I will admit that I never get spam with gmail, and I get many many spams with Windows, but Windows are nice and put it all in a big folder you can clear out, I'd rather have to clear out a spam folder than have people reading my emails. I have a hotmail account that I mostly use for windows live messenger, on those very rare occasions I actually use it, and I have a yahoo account, which I think I got initially for Yahoo radio, which they don't do anymore :( but I don't use it for emails, for emails I use one of my two gmail accounts, I have my main one, which is the one that emails sent through the box on the right goes to, and a spare one I could throwaway if I had to, that I barely use.

Still, again, it comes down to privacy, everyone has a right to it, everyone deserves it, and there is some very sensitive information that gets said in all forms of communication, even emails. They say they only have computers and robots do it, so it's not like someone is actually reading your email, that makes it slightly better, but doesn't really make everything cool.

10 comments:

  1. I also use Gmail and i never had a problem with spam. Wich is fairly common in windows

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  2. i think its well deserved, dont abuse these companies!

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  3. I don't use any Yahoo product anyway, I'm happy with my german GMX ;)

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  4. I got tierd of yahoo years ago.

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  5. I use yahoo. it's ok. I like their email service. I like saying Yahoooo!

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  6. Meh, what are you gonna do.

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  7. Meh, what are you gonna do.

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  8. I don't use any Yahoo product anyway, I'm happy with my german GMX ;)

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  9. i think its well deserved, dont abuse these companies!

    +1

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