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Yahoo Mail Classic Users Forced to Update, Accept Content Scans

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Yahoo Mail Classic users who’ve been clinging to the Classic interface now need to conform to a recent update in order to access their email.

Yahoo Mail’s Help Center [1] informed users of the Classic or non-updated interface Sunday that they would need to update their mail platform to a new version introduced late last year as of the beginning of this week. Along with adopting the new interface, Mail users will also have to agree to the site’s new Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Those who are worried about Yahoo scanning their emails are not going to be pleased with the new policy. Yahoo is suggesting users not happy with the policy either transfer their e-mail elsewhere or simply close their accounts. The new policy allows Yahoo to scan email content so it can generate ads specifically geared to the user.

According to TechCrunch.com [2], Yahoo has only made mention of the new usage terms and privacy policy through the Help site and in emails sent to users.

“This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content, which Yahoo! uses to deliver product features, relevant advertising and abuse protection,” the site states on the Help page.

Users can opt out of the ads generated via the content scans, but Yahoo will still be scanning email content.

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