Yahoo! shutting down Mail Classic, forcing users to switch to new Mail version which scans emails for ads


Starting today, Yahoo! is discontinuing their Mail Classic and is requiring all mail users to switch to the new version of mail and accept a TOS/Privacy Policy update that allows the company to scan your emails to “deliver product features, relevant advertising, and abuse protection.” You are able to opt out of the ads, but your emails will still be scanned. The only way to opt out of your emails being scanned is switching to another email provider.

Yahoo! launched this new version of Mail back in december, with the announcement of discontinuing the Classic version in April. Yahoo! didn’t mention anything about the new privacy policy until it began sending emails to Classic users about making the switch. There’s a question in the Help Center “Do I have to upgrade to the new Yahoo! Mail?”

“Beginning the week of June 3, 2013, older versions of Yahoo! Mail (including Yahoo! Mail Classic) will no longer be available. After that, you can access your Yahoo! Mail only if you upgrade to the new version. When you upgrade, you will be accepting our Communications Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. This includes the acceptance of automated content scanning and analyzing of your communications content.”

So you’ll have to upgrade this week, or use another email provider. At least you can opt out of the ads though. Do you think this is a good move for Yahoo!?

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  • Ojaibrad

    I like the mail classic. It’s easier to look at Ya … It’s a bad move. Usually its in there favor ( $ )..! I already have a gmail account… Might just use it more than I do from now on. Really Bad Idea…!!!!

  • Mario

    there’s nothing one can do about!! the two big ones do that, so lets relax, or change to a paid e-mails provider. The only thing I really don’t like is that they do not allow the bottom preview panel anymore. This is really a bad decision. Now if you want to see an e-mail you MUST open it, and not just preview it and decide what to do. 90% of my e-mails can be seen totally on the bottom panel preview!!!

  • Tom

    Great stuff. Look what Google has done. Now my Gmail Inbox is NSFW.

    Can’t wait to see Y! go the same way.

  • vanierstein

    I Think they all do-It’s called “Targeted Advertising”,just one more way they make money off of us,without our consent,or knowledge….

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  • Louis

    Doesn’t gmail also scan your email ?

  • David Roper

    [@Seamus McSeamus] me, too, Seamus.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    meh. My only use for Yahoo mail is registering freebies or web page sign ups. They can scan to their heart’s content..

  • Bob

    So if I read my mail through Yahoo, I get scanned, but if I use Thunderbird, I’m still scaned bur won’t get ads if I avoid Yahoo mail or opt out of the ads?