Yahoo Privacy Storm Has Little Effect
from the ho-hum dept
Following the ridiculous move by Yahoo to automatically opt everyone in to receive spam, there was a loud uproar (at least in the tech community) of people complaining. What I heard from people at Yahoo was that the folks in charge of the program simply didn’t care what everyone thought (which seems pretty obvious, actually), and they laughed off all of us crazy internet folks who take things like “privacy” so seriously. Now, Yahoo is saying that most people didn’t mind the changes because so few actually cancelled their account (NY Times article). This is ridiculous. First of all, a lot of people didn’t even realize what Yahoo did, and just because people didn’t cancel their account, or only a “small percentage” of people were offended, doesn’t make what Yahoo did okay.