Yahoo will no longer honor your Do Not Track requests

By Himanshu Arora ยท 26 replies
May 5, 2014
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  1. Yahoo announced last week that the company will stop honoring "Do Not Track" requests made by a user's browser. "As of today, web browser Do Not Track settings will no longer be enabled on Yahoo", the firm said in a...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,738   +3,706

    I've had no respect for Yahoo during the last decade. What has changed? Nothing!
  3. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    I figured this was a ploy. I really like what Microsoft did. I don't use IE, and instead use firefox. I turned on DNT and I enable adblock on all good websites that I visit(this included). I guess the big money is in user data.
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    That's no skin off my testicles, I've never used Yahoo and I don't ever intend to.
  5. @Chazz

    it doesn't matter what browser you use... the DNT request is sent with the HTTP header. to summarize this article:

    You can use whatever browser you like and enable your DNT request... still that doesn't mean a website will honor your request when they receive it... after all it is just a 'request'
  6. The Customer is always right, has turned to Screw the customer if we can make more money. So DNT comes along as a simple, possible way to help customers, even if it's only perception. Companies say they will not honor it. People will complain until the Government makes a new law "The Personal Privacy Act of 2020". Companies will complain about too much government regulation and the cycle continues.
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    See Privacy Badger for a proactive means to enforce DNT from your {FF,Chrome} browsers :)
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  8. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TS Guru Posts: 684   +254

    TAILS baby, yeah!!! You can track me but it won't actually be me your tracking just someone that you think is me. LOL.
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  9. abysal

    abysal TS Booster Posts: 114   +40

    Ghostery & Adblock. Merissa can go suck a big one.
  10. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Ya but these companies said that would honor it. The ones that said they wouldn't, said they won't honor DNT requests from IE. And that was because DNT was being turned on by default. Viewing the link from the article,though, I see not many companies honor it.
  11. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    huh? Clear as mud.

    Privacy Badger eats tracking cookies, thereby implementing DNT on the client side regardless of what the web site attempted to ignore or honor.
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    I still think that Firefox, with "NoScript" installed and active, is one of the best defenses you can use. It eliminates cross site scripting.

    But, I'm an old man, so I forget where I've been browsing anyway...:oops:

    NoScript makes me so happy, I could poop my pants..;) But, I live alone, and there's not much point to doing that, when you wind up having to clean it up yourself...:(
    Last edited: May 5, 2014
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  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    That's true but - -
    tracking cookies get generated from the host side and delivered with the response to the first request.
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Yeah, "personalize" my *ss. Just some more BS from Yahoo.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    But, in privacy mode, those get dumped when you close the browser, while no current history is retained. I suppose, it's not perfect, but it's a lot better than going in blasting with IE in its stock form.

    I've even run into the, "FBI virus pages", claiming my IP had been logged, and I had to pay money. With NoScript running, I just clicked the window closed and went on my merry way.

    Boatloads of people, are pissing and moaning on how to get rid of this ransom-ware.

    It is indeed indicative of the potential havoc that cross site scripting can wreak while tracking you, and how effective script blocking can be at eliminating it.

    Besides, anyone who uses Chrome has already acquiesced to being tracked by Google. Is anybody really naive enough to believe that Google would allow its own, "googleanalytics" script to be blocked?

    As for using Yahoo, why bother? On any query you'll get as many as 10X the search results from Google. Those you just block with Firefox.

    (True, FF & Google are true, in bed together, but I'm not sure they're enjoying it. Just going through the motions, so to speak ;)).

    @jobeard If I'm incompletely informed, or incorrect about any of this, feel free to correct or further enlighten me.
    Last edited: May 5, 2014
  16. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,173   +989

    Not trying to nit-pick, but the subject lends itself to browser issues.

    No Scripting is not coupled (directly) to privacy mode, so by itself, No Scripting does nothing to preempt DNT or other cookies. Privacy mode (which you just introduced :) ) will directly eat anything stored during the private session (or so it purports to do at least).
  17. Mike Steele

    Mike Steele TS Enthusiast Posts: 37   +6

    I'm picturing Marrisa in pigtails and knee socks telling us she's been a bad girl
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  18. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Could pay to keep that one quiet. I hear Najah Davenport likes to revisit the states where he played
    I'm guessing captain was picturing much the same, except her name is probably Svetlana and the space between the pigtails and the knee socks is just one big wardrobe malfunction.;)
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  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    Actually you're both a bit right, and a bit wrong.

    I was picturing spanking the back of Masha's wardrobe malfunction to a bright rosy pink, erstwhile President Obama was floating overhead flapping his ears, (a la Dumbo), whilst wagging his finger at me in disgusted delight.
  20. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,264

    Leas' you know obamacare yo!

    DIY acupressure for the win and unburdening the healthcare system a spank at a time.
  21. They want to know what good porn sites you use.
  22. Does not matter what yahoo says or honors. If you edit your host file and block all the add parasitic servers. You block all adds and f**k yahoo and all adds on any web page. You just get what you are looking for and no adds at all.
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  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,029   +2,558

    FWIW, "Spybot S&D, used to edit the hosts file for you. They called it, "immunization", (I think), but never actually explained what the process was doing.

    If you went into the "Hosts" file manually, you would see scads of bad addresses added by Spybot.
  24. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Once upon-a-time, there was a quiet web with AltaVista Search Engine. In 1994 Yahoo! was born and they where the bomb! Today Google took over. I think Yahoo! trying to be different but it's not the same as it was back in 1995. It's a new world and new rules. When it comes to privacy I don't want no one tracking my movements. I use Opt-out and a few other pest tricks. To me Yahoo! not the same. I still have Yahoo! mail but I only use it 1% along with another sleeper called 1%. The rest is Google mail 98%. They're tracking us too. They offer free everything but when money is brought to the table things they don't play nicely with us.
  25. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    Spyware Blaster is another way to control pest on web.

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