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Yahoo Old Email Recycling Has Become A Privacy Issue

     

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10:12 am on Sep 27, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I use my yahoo e-mail infrequently, and hadn't gotten any message it was to be retired. The e-mail is still alive, so I must have been using it frequently enough.

I can understand how it could be serious issue.

Yahoo email addresses reassigned to a new owner are receiving personal emails intended for the previous owner.

One man told news site Information Week that he had received emails with some highly sensitive information in them.

In June the web firm announced Yahoo addresses and IDs would be reassigned if they had been inactive for a year.

Privacy experts called on Yahoo to address the issue "immediately". Yahoo says it has taken a series of measures to overcome privacy and security fears.

"Before recycling inactive accounts we attempted to reach the account owners [in] multiple ways to notify them that they needed to log in to their account or it would be subject to recycling," a Yahoo representative told the BBC.Yahoo Old Email Recycling Has Become A Privacy Issue [bbc.co.uk]
 

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