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    Yahoo Sells All Its Users' Private Email Contents to U.S. Agencies

    Yahoo wrote in its objection letter that if its pricing information were disclosed ... would use it “to ’shame’ Yahoo! and other companies — and to ’shock’ their customers.”

    Yahoo isn’t happy that a detailed menu of the spying services it provides to "law enforcement" and spy agencies has leaked onto the web.

    After earlier reports this week that Yahoo had blocked an FOIA Freedom of Information release of its "law enforcement and intelligence price list", someone helpfully provided a copy of the Yahoo company’s spying guide to the whistleblower web site Cryptome.org.

    The 17-page guide, which Yahoo has tried to suppress via legal letters to the Cryptome.org site run by freedom of information champion John Young [No relation to Mr.Young of EAU. -- Ed], describes Yahoo’s policies on keeping the data of Yahoo Email and Yahoo Groups users, as well as the surveillance and spying capabilities it can give to the U.S. government and its agencies.
    http://www.wvwnews.net/story.php?id=8311

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    That's unsettling. I use Yahoo. I prefer it, because it seems to be in use around the world; it makes me feel connected with things out of the bubble we live in here in the U.S.

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    That is very disturbing, to find out that your privacy is slipping away.

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    There are many ways you can protect your online privacy. Check this thread: Practical Online Privacy & Security Guide.

    To do simple, you could just use an other free offshore email provider. But you need to make sure where their servers actually are. Many websites are hosted in the US, UK or Germany anyway. You can easily check where is the actual server with installing the Flagfox Firefox add-on.

    One of the best solutions is to get yourself a free Swiss email; Switzerland has strong privacy and data protection laws:

    AirMail.ch


    Bluewin.ch



    Panama is another excellent solution for private offshore email (strong privacy laws):

    Offshore Inbox


    Hong Kong is another choice too:

    Chinglish



    There are other fun providers out there, like this Belarus service :

    Belarus Free Email and Web Hosting [in Russian]



    But Yahoo is still very convenient for most users because everybody uses Yahoo Messenger. A way around this is to sign up for an offshore Yahoo address such as mail.yahoo.com.sg (Yahoo Singapore), which servers are actually in Hong Kong. Install Flagfox to make sur eof it. For instance www.yahoo.com.sg has its server in the UK (not ideal...) but mail.yahoo.com.sg is in HK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ahnenerbe View Post
    To do simple, you could just use any other Free International Email Provider...
    Thanks for those suggestions. I used to use mail.ru, but as everything is in Russian it can be a little difficult! Your suggestions are better, I think.

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