Yahoo Users Must Waive Class-action Rights—or Stop Using Yahoo

By | April 27, 2018
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Yahoo Users Must Waive Class-action Rights—or Stop Using Yahoo

Attn: Yahoo User (especially Yahoo Mail users):

If you want to continue using Yahoo Mail or any Yahoo service you’re going to have to give up all class-action legal rights.  And, if you want to continue to use Yahoo Mail and other Yahoo services, you must agree to a new privacy policy that allows Yahoo  to analyze your emails and store them.

In case you’ve forgotten, Yahoo had a data breach that involved most Yahoo email accounts (billions of users were affected) back in 2013 – although the breach was not made public until three years later.  Last month (March 2018) a U.S. judge ruled  that victims of the massive data breach can sue Yahoo (Verizon) for damages in the United States.

Enter Verizon: Verizon acquired Yahoo in June 2017 and announced they would form a new company (Yahoo+Verizon) called OATH.  We haven’t heard much about OATH, but we’ve heard a lot from Verizon.

Verizon is now requiring people who use Yahoo Mail and other Yahoo services to waive their legal rights to any class action lawsuits against Yahoo. In order to keep using Yahoo Mail and other Yahoo services, users must agree to give up class action rights and to settle disputes through arbitration. Verizon also announced new privacy policy that affects all Yahoo Mail users. The new privacy policy allows Verizon to “analyze and store all communications content, including email content from incoming and outgoing mail. This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and Services.”

In order to continue using Yahoo Mail or any other Yahoo service, you must agree to give up your class action legal rights and you must agree to the new privacy policy.

Read more about Yahoo and its new policies here.

5 thoughts on “Yahoo Users Must Waive Class-action Rights—or Stop Using Yahoo

  1. JonInOz

    Living in Australia since the first day I heard of Yahoo only one thing came to my mind, ‘yahoo’, which is an Australian slang word meaning an ‘uncouth lout’.
    Quite appropriate for the Yahoo company as far as I am concerned.

  2. Liz

    I think that is blackmail on the part of Verizon. I know a few people who use the email service here in Australia and have nothing to do with the class action (not that I know of) but that is ethically wrong to blackmail people into using their service. Wonder what they would do if a lot of people cancelled their service? I do know Yahoo stopped their chat service so what is left except their email here in Australia.

  3. Mary

    Well they can have fun with wasting storage space on my emails LOL. I just use the address for unimportant stuff

  4. Muriel Schlecht

    Verizon gave up it’s OWN email service almost a year ago after taking over AOL mail and allowed us to keep our email adresses now being handled by AoL Mail. At the time the published reason was “Verizon is getting out of the email business”.
    Considering the decades of sloppy unsafe practices at Yahoo, I can’t understand why anyone would continue using YaHoo mail. Verizon certainly hasn’t done anything to help. Now, Verizon is probably trying to dump the liability that came with their purchase of YaHoo mail.


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