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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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Tutor

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4 Messages

3 years ago

@KG69,

 

To transfer your emails from one host to another, connect using an email program on your computer (for instance...Mozilla Thunderbird - free) to both email accounts (i.e. the "AT&T" account and your new one) using the IMAP protocol, whereby messages are stored on the hosting server.  Create any folders on your new mail account, matching your AT&T account.  Select all emails within a given folder from your AT&T account, then copy them to the matching folder on your new email account.  Once you've verified all emails have been copied, delete the messages on the AT&T account.  It took about an hour or two for me to copy all my 20+ years worth of email.

 

I now pay, directly, an email host for my own personal domain, who will not sell, release, or otherwise go through my email and it's content for the purpose of monetary gain.  They will scan for virus but that's about it.

 

I will never purchase an AT&T product again.  I pay for service, not have my property sold to whomever you want.  Further, all my emails include a warning about Oath, Inc. as to what they are doing  and it's impact:

 

"Due to Oath Inc. taking over Yahoo, who was hosting ATT.NET emails, I'm moving to my own email.  In this fashion, I will not be concerned with paying another company (that I've been paying for over 20 years) to mine my data and consider that content as owned by that company.  All emails to and from my server are considered private, and will not be released or sold to anyone.

Anyone who sends an email to Verizon, Yahoo, AOL, or businesses that are hosted by those companies, their email and intellectual property
transfers that ownership to a company called Oath, Inc.. This company is now able to take any content / attachments (files, pictures, documents,
proposals, etc.) and maintain complete ownership of, and release / sell that information to whomever they want through Verizon and their
affiliates as well as "trusted partners".  Even from those that pay for email hosting.

Anyone who, from outside of Oath Inc., who sends an email to one of Oath's users, will "agree" to Oath's terms and conditions (even though
you may not know what your sending to a company who is hosted by Oath Inc.)".

Tutor

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7 Messages

3 years ago

Funny how no one can answer this. I wonder the same thing. 

 

I did find this under the terms of service 12.c.

Continued Use of the Services. You may stop using the Services at any time, but your continued use of or subscription to a Service after the effective date of any modifications to the Terms or the means that you agree to the Terms as modified.

 

It seems to indicate that if you do not accept the terms but continue to use, you agree to the terms. Much different from what ATT said on a post somewhere around here.

Tutor

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7 Messages

3 years ago

One Problem: 

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.

 

Oath Policies terms of service state:

12.c.Continued Use of the Services. You may stop using the Services at any time, but your continued use of or subscription to a Service after the effective date of any modifications to the Terms or the means that you agree to the Terms as modified.

 

According to this, even if you do not agree, if you continue to use it, you agree. 

Tutor

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7 Messages

3 years ago

This might be a question for the boys in legal. The two answers below appear to be in conflict. Once you pass the "effective date of any modifications to the Terms", if you are still using it, you agree to new terms. So yes, to your eyes, you still see your email, behind the scenes, every piece of email you send or received will be scanned - very different from before the "effective date." Maybe I am just misreading it. 

 

In another thread <https://forums.att.com/t5/AT-T-Internet-Email-Security/Yahoo-Terms-amp-Conditions-Change-FAQs/m-p/5527619#M37400> , and emplyee answered 

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.

 

Yet Oath terms of service states in section 12. c. at https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/terms/otos/index.html 

Continued Use of the Services. You may stop using the Services at any time, but your continued use of or subscription to a Service after the effective date of any modifications to the Terms or the means that you agree to the Terms as modified.

 

Teacher

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33 Messages

3 years ago

There are certain types of information gathering that you can "opt out" of. But some you cant. The opt out is like Googles, A cookie in your browser, probably a tracking cookie at that. Anyone who has even mild interest in security doesn't leave cookies in their browser. It really quite insulting.

 

https://policies.oath.com/us/en/oath/privacy/controls/index.html

Tutor

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7 Messages

3 years ago

Thanks for that, but in look a bit further, I have read you cannot opt out of their scanning all your email, photos, etc. 

Tutor

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10 Messages

3 years ago

Read carefully, if you use their service you automatically agree to the TOS.
sherrb1158

Scholar

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79 Messages

3 years ago

The thing that really insults us is that they led us into using their AT&T owned domain on our emails for years, in my case .... over 18 years, and then they skewer us with this travesty of human abuse of common respect ... and say, "Hey .. you were just paying us $250/month for U-verse, Internet and mobile ... you didn't pay us separately to actually handle your emails." 

 

Well FINE!!!!  Take our email address domains back from the pimps that you sold them to and let us provision our OWN email handling software.  So, you may have to set up just a minimal, skeletal POP and I MAP infrastructure for our emails to travel through on the AT&T network ..... NOT the YAHOO network, NOT an OATH network, NOT anyone else's network!   

 

sherrb1158

Scholar

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79 Messages

3 years ago

Well fine! Take our email address domains back from the pimps that you sold them to and let us provision our OWN email handling software. So, you may have to set up just a minimal, skeletal POP and I MAP infrastructure for our emails to travel through on the AT&T network ..... NOT the YAHOO network, NOT an OATH network, NOT anyone else's network!

 

We signed our contracts with AT&T!!!! Make us pay for our storage and get our own email programs and support if that is taxing your profits!

 

I'm tired of you censoring our posts.

tlbowen71

Teacher

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15 Messages

3 years ago

That is the part I don't understand with you guys.  For 18 years you were happy to use "ATT" mail, which was Yahoo all the time.  You didn't ever see that you were logging into Yahoo Mail?  Or see the little Yahoo icon in the mail interface?  The only difference between then and now is that they are being somewhat transparent with their Terms of Service agreements.  They have always done what they wanted with your data.  Now, they are telling you what they might do with your data.  So, again, why do you care now when you blissfully used it for 18 years?
Arvidd

Teacher

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24 Messages

3 years ago

My email was not connected with Yahoo, whatever anyone else's experience
might have been. It was strictly AT&T with no mention of Yahoo or
anything vaguely related to it. The change came a few years ago, when
AT&T grandly announced its lash-up with Yahoo for management of its
email. I remember this all with crystal clarity, given that I was most
displeased for more than one reason, not the least of which was Yahoo's
sorry previous sponsorship of porn sites, for which they had to be
shamed before reluctantly closing them and losing the precious revenue.
Unless AT&T's use of Yahoo for email previous to their flash-bang
unveiling was so buried that it required high security clearance to know
about, my email, at least, had nothing to do with Yahoo.

Teacher

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15 Messages

3 years ago

GET:
Export your Contacts.
Move all emails from all sub-folders including Drafts, Sent, Archive, Spam, Created sub-folders into INBOX , Then with Outlook.
Pop3 NOT iMap (imap is an picture not located on your hard drive - a reflection)
POP3 Saves a permanent copy. A backup .pst file can be saved to an SD or USB
CHANGE your email address to a more safe email company:
Bank,School,Credit card,Clubs,Memberships,Rewards cards,Associations,Party
Legal,Places you shop regularly
UNSUBSCRIBE:
Emailed Receipts
Emails with your names, family, location
Emails that you don't want to move with
Since your running out of time to change many things unsubscribe is a quick way to prevent new emails coming into the server. Then you can later contact the company/person and change it on the account level.
Emails that you would care if the information was sold
GIVE Notice to:
Family,Friends,Associates
DELETE:
Contacts,Inbox,Sent,Draft,Spam,Trash,Archive,Recent, Calendars
FYI: I noticed that Messenger Contacts doesn't have an apparent delete option, and a Calendar is not letting me delete it.
Continue to monitor:
You will need to continue to monitor this email for stragglers
Contact ATT:
18002882020

Teacher

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15 Messages

3 years ago

ATT was not always Yahoo.

ATT became ATT after it acquired many of the Bell's. In the 80's it was broken up back into Bells by the government. The smallest bell, Southwestern bell or Baby-bell grew up and acquired again all of the Bells and some other companies. During that time internet was a product many people could get. swbell.net, pacbell, bellsouth, among others then sbcglobal, then att.net. ATT left Google for Yahoo in the 2000's. People with any of these older emails were telephone company customers never yahoo.  Many of the complaints are from long time customers who's emails do not end with yahoo.com but are still being targeted.

KG69

Teacher

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27 Messages

3 years ago

Thank you,may I ask what that private domain runs you? ***

[Edited for privacy-This is a public forum. Please do not post personal or unique information such as but not limited to full names, employee ID numbers, email addresses, phone numbers, account numbers, etc.]

Tutor

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11 Messages

3 years ago

I have been thinking and doing a bit of looking, IF AT&T owns the "@att.net" domain and it is not a tricked way  to have a domain name and is NOT part of the YAHOO domain, then Verizon and OAF (oops that is OATH), have no legal right to the domain as it belongs to AT&T and they are leasing space on the servers, they have no ownership of anything on the servers as it is not their Intellectual property and can only claim ownership of the hardware. According to ICANN WHOIS, AT&T owns the domain and is the administrator. So, is AT&T being "Run over" by Verizon or is Verizon and OAF (oops OATH) trying to pull a fast one and trying to get us get us to agree to something that they know is not legally binding. Just a thought 

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