Owned by Verizon, Oath Inc. – the parent company of AOL and Yahoo – has revised its privacy policies; updating new information regarding what the company can do with the data it collects from users. According to the recent updates of company’s privacy policies, the websites that the company owns, can scan instant messages, emails, photos as well as user information. Also, according to the privacy agreement, the company may also share the users’ data with the parent company of Oath, i.e., Verizon.
Another necessary information about an important change in policies that Yahoo users should know is that anti-arbitration agreements of Oath has extended to Yahoo too. So, now, it will make more difficult to sue the organization if users feel that there has been an invasion of their privacy.
Interestingly, Oath new policies have raised many queries from users and reporters, who are worried about privacy in the recent case of Facebook scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. At the time of publication of this article, Oath has released an official statement which says, “There are no such concerns which their users need to worry about.”
In general, this news isn’t completely out of context in the year of 2018, but it’s always great to read such privacy agreements.