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Tue, Mar 20, 2018 5:58 PM

Yahoo Terms & Conditions Change FAQs

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Why did I receive a pop-up or an email notification from Oath about the Oath Terms of Service?

AT&T and Yahoo (at the time) work together to provide email related services. Oath is updating its terms of service because in 2017, Yahoo was acquired by Verizon, which combined the Yahoo business with AOL and formed a new company, known as Oath. 

 

What do I need to do?

Review the updated Oath terms of service and decide whether you choose to accept. If you choose to accept their updated terms of service, your AT&T email will continue to work as it does now.  If you chose not to accept the terms of service, your AT&T email will continue to work as it does now, but in the future your service could be impacted.  We do not know when or how it may be impacted, but you can visit Oath’s FAQ page to learn more.  The full URL for the Oath FAQs is https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/privacy/guce/faq/index.html

 

Will my email address change?

No, your email address will not change.  You will still be able to utilize your email address as usual.

 

Will my email account maintain the same functionality?

Yes, you can still send and receive emails, as well as access all other mail-related features. You can keep using your existing email address to send and receive emails just as you do today.

 

Do I need to cancel or modify my AT&T email service? 

No, there is no need to cancel any AT&T email service. It remains active and functional.

 

Will this Terms of Service announcement from Oath affect my ability to sign in to att.net?

No, you’ll continue to be able to use your email address to sign in to att.net.

 

Is there an option for me to not accept the Oath Terms of Service?

Yes.  When you receive the pop-up entitled “New Privacy and Terms,” you have the option to not accept by clicking on “I’ll do this later.”  And when you receive the email notification from Oath, you have the option of not clicking the button called “Review and agree now,” closing the email and disregarding the message.

 

What happens if I choose not to accept the Oath Terms of Service?

If you chose not to accept the terms of service, your AT&T email will continue to work as it does now, but in the future your service could be impacted.

 

Is there a way for me to opt out of having Oath use my email data for targeted advertising?

Yes.  If users want to opt out of having their email data used by Oath for targeted advertising, they may do so.  Users can do this by hovering over the ‘gear’ symbol in the upper right corner of the mail user interface on a PC or Mac, clicking on ‘About our Ads’ and then clicking on ‘Manage interest-based advertising categories, or opt-out of all categories, from Oath’.  This will take the user to the Yahoo Ad Interest Manager page, where the user can select the Opt Out button.  The full URL for the Ad Interest Manager webpage is https://aim.yahoo.com/aim/us/en/optout/.

 

What if I have questions about the provisions of the Oath Terms of Service?

For more information please visit Oath’s FAQs.  The full URL for the Oath FAQs is https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/privacy/guce/faq/index.html

 

If I accept the Oath Terms of Service, must I do so on each device that I use?

No, if you choose to accept the Oath terms of service, you can do this via your desktop, mobile and/or tablet device; It only needs to be accepted once.

 

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Contributor

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3 y ago

I just learned of this new TOS and privacy agreement when I went to access my web mail today.  I didn't see it last week when I logged on.  Normally I view my email on my smart phone via Blue Mail.  Is this TOS only for using/viewing web mail, or for the privilege of using AT&T IP mail?  I have never read a TOS/privacy agreement so incredibly invasive as this one, and I do not intend to agree to it.

_xyzzy_

Expert

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15K Messages

3 y ago

@gpfister said:

I purchased a domain...

Excellent idea.  You planned ahead.  I've been using a forwarding service supported by a professional organization I belong to since the 90's (member to that organization even longer that that).  So I too can switch ESP's at any time.  My membership probably costs as much as a domain but the idea is the same.

Tutor

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5 Messages

3 y ago

SHOUT OUT TO CHRIS Z  -  AT&T COMMUNITY SPECIALIST

 

I read your post #112 of April 23 to all:  "one thing I want you to know is that your email address will not change and will continue to work as it did before".     That seems to contradict the FAQ that says "continuing not to accept terms & conditions may inject changes that could impact your ability to view email".

 

THIS  IS VERY UPSETTING - AND THOSE TERMS & CONDITIONS ARE SO INVASIVE!    PLEASE POST ANY GUIDANCE.  THANK YOU.

Tutor

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10 Messages

3 y ago

I am checking into an alternative, VPN.  Your connection goes to their servers where it is scrambled so no one reads your email except your recipient. If that holds true there should be a huge jump in VPN sales.

Contributor

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1 Message

3 y ago

This is unacceptable. I will change email providers. Yahoo/AT&T forced me to accept when I changed my password. There was no choice; this, the email from you is wrong. I will not let Yahoo have the ability to exploit my email content as they see fit. This should be against the law. Bye bye AT&T and Yahoo. 

Contributor

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1 Message

3 y ago

Couldn't leave a kudos to this but totally agree with all of it!

KG69

Teacher

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31 Messages

3 y ago

What can We do to transfer, send our emaiils somewhere we can still access....?

Teacher

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14 Messages

3 y ago

In addition to the disturbing violations of privacy "Oath" blatantly describes--e.g. scanning your emails, pictures, etc--a bigger issue I see in this message from AT&T is the continued merging of giant tech corporations, consolidating power and control over consumers by limiting competition and choice. Why, for instance, does a giant company like At&t need to "partner" with Verizon-Oath to control their email service? We the consumers are being victimized by these mergers. Whatever happened to anti-trust and preventing monopolies? I recall when "Bell Telephone" was broken up for being a monopoly. That's why I have an SBC global email address. Of course SBC was absorbed by AT&T. The more we depend on technology in our lives the more vulnerable we become to giant corporations controlling our media and access to the Internet.

I'm still trying to deal with the fallout of this "Oath," i.e. cancelling AOL and currently considering changing my ISP from AT&T to another company.

 

Tutor

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10 Messages

3 y ago

FYI: SBC bought AT&T then changed its name because of the world famous name.I am looking into a VPN Service.  You connect to their servers and your signal is scrambled so they can't see what you are doing.
Arvidd

Teacher

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34 Messages

3 y ago

While the scope and sweep is accurately portrayed, let's keep things as
straight as we can. It was SBC that "absorbed" AT&T, following which SBC
changed its name to AT&T. The daughter ate the parent, we might say.
KG69

Teacher

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31 Messages

3 y ago

I don't evenknow what a VPN server is,, Help?
KG69

Teacher

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31 Messages

3 y ago

You put it so much better, but nailed it!! Sherman anti-trust...conglomerates =control It is just like Walmart and amazon have gotten toooooo big... they totally "control" and therefore eliminate competition. SO now I need suggestions before it is too late? thank-You kate

Tutor

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5 Messages

3 y ago

This forum is a one way street!    People are posting to voice outrage and concern.     How about a response from "Chris Z, AT&T Community Specialist"?

 

I have an AT&T email address only, I do not use AT&T as my Internet Service Provider.     I continue to sign in to view my mails.    At that point the box comes up to "agree to the Oath's Terms of Service".    I ignore it by just X-ing box to close it and view my emails.  I am just afraid one day, as they threaten, I will no longer be able to view my emails.

 

I have not been able to find a phone number to call AT&T.    Those days are over, aren't they.

Arvidd

Teacher

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34 Messages

3 y ago

There are bright spots here and there, such as Mozilla and LibreOffice,
and commercial outfits such as Republic Wireless. Nevertheless...

Poor and even infamous treatment of customers by AT&T, Oath, et al. is
not in the least unusual. When does anyone call an outfit of any size
and speak with an actual person rather than to hear a recorded voice
giving an endless selection of menus and sub-menus, often none of which
capture precisely why the call has been made. At last---by punching zero
endlessly or, finally, by being referred to an "agent"---the frustrated
caller discovers, quite often, that he/she is in a queue and not
speaking with anyone. Next is the loop of nondescript and often
no-fidelity sounds passing for music, interrupted every 20 or 30 seconds
by a voice assuring the caller of how earnestly they value the call and
will take it in the order received, it should not be much longer.

They value calls, all right, just so they do not require more than the
most minimal effort by the most constrained and barely helpful "agents,"
frequently these days 12 time zones away, speaking English with heavy
and exotic accents, no cultural or contextual understanding of affinity
with the caller, spouting intense and never-ending assurances about how
sorry they are for any inconvenience you have experienced, and generally
named "Bob," "Mary," etc. One of them could have tortured your cat to
death and would still express sorrow for any inconvenience you had been
caused.

Those who decide not to put up with this sort of thing any longer and
terminate their relationship with the outfit will discover, in most
cases, that once the blush of being a new customer has faded, the new
outfit will carry on pretty much like the old one did, treating them as
if it was their privilege to be charged excessive amounts for
unremarkable service. Meanwhile, the old place really won't miss them,
given that the outfit has long since determined, from its adherence to
the Harvard Business School model or some other equally dismal
equivalent, that they can be replaced from an endless well of eager saps
anxious to be dealt with as if they were credulous twits.

At some point, these outfits---now constituting the majority of the
large business entities in this country---will discover that the
resupply isn't infinite. They will wonder what went wrong, being too
intent upon making money and cutting costs and service quality as much
as they can get away with to have paid attention to the fundamentals of
human relationships, one of which is: If you are treated poorly, you
likely will leave. That is of course difficult to understand, especially
if those doing the non-understanding are brilliant executants of a
supreme business model, the core of which is to disdain customers as
necessary pests while fleecing them for all they're worth. Sadly, we
enable this by putting up with it and, mostly, griping.

Tutor

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10 Messages

3 y ago

Virtual Private Network (VPN) provides a server that you connect with just before connecting to the Internet.  Their server scrambles your signal when you do connect to search the Web or check your email that prevents anyone (Big Brother) from seeing what you are doing.
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