If you are using any of the big service providers, you are being used. If the service is free, you are the product…
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When you dig further into Oath’s policy about what it might do with your words, photos, and attachments, the company clarifies that it’s utilizing automated systems that help the company with security, research and providing targeted ads — and that those automated systems should strip out personally identifying information before letting any humans look at your data. But there are no explicit guarantees on that.
There’s also this paragraph:
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In other words, emails related to your banking and financial transactions appear to be equally in the crosshairs of Oath’s ad targeting engine.
There appears to be another big change for Yahoo users, too: Oath’s previous mutual arbitration clause and class-action waiver has been updated and extended across the company’s services to include Yahoo as well. What it means is if you don’t like what the company does with your data, you’ll have a hard time suing.