Jun 01 2013

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This letter was sent to me today 6/1/13 by Katherine Albrecht of Caspian Press. I have known her for many years and have had her on my radio show a number of times to discuss RFID Spy chips and Internet privacy. She is an expert in this field.

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Privacy Lovers:

Email Privacy is in the spotlight this week, with Yahoo’s new privacy
policy saying they will perform “content scanning and analyzing of your
communications content” on all emails sent through Yahoo accounts. Talk
about abusive! Yahoo is giving users just 30 days to switch over to
their new email platform, starting June 1st (that’s tomorrow). Please
see the press release below for details.

The good news is that I’ve been helping to develop a privacy-friendly,
paid email service called StartMail, which will be fully PGP encrypted
and will not scan user communications. After two years of development,
StartMail goes into internal beta testing on June 24th. As we work to
develop powerful privacy alternatives to big brother surveillance, your
support means more now than ever.

StartMail will be offering temporary trial accounts this Fall so you can
kick the tires and let us know what you think. lf you’d like to receive
one of these free accounts, please sign up as a beta tester at

This is an exciting time to be working on privacy. Thank you for being
part of the solution!

Katherine Albrecht

Katherine Albrecht, Ed.D.
Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Consumer Privacy Expert, and
Bestselling Author
www.KatherineAlbrecht.com // www.AntiChips.com // www.ChipMeNot.com

The world’s most private search engines: www.Startpage.com //
Coming soon… private email! www.StartMail.com


MAY 31, 2013

Yahoo Tells Users: Let Us Read Your Emails or — Goodbye!

NEW YORK: As of June 1, all Yahoo email users are required to upgrade to
the company’s newest platform, which allows Yahoo to scan and analyze
every email they write or receive. According to Yahoo’s help page, all
users who make the transition agree to let the company perform “content
scanning and analyzing of your communications content” to target ads,
offer products, and perform “abuse protection.”

This means any message that Yahoo’s algorithms find disturbing could
flag a user as a bully, a threat, or worse. At the same time, Yahoo can
now openly troll through email for personal information that it can
share or hold onto indefinitely.
Archived at: https://www.startpage.com/graphics/yahoo-mail-upgrade.jpg

Gay and haven’t come out yet? Yahoo knows. Having an affair? Your spouse
may not know – but Yahoo does. Any interests, ailments or projects you’d
rather not share? You’re sharing them with Yahoo, perhaps forever.

The new tracking policy affects more than just Yahoo account holders.
Everyone who corresponds with a Yahoo email account holder will also
have their own message content scanned, analyzed, and stored by Yahoo,
even if they themselves have not agreed to Yahoo’s new terms of service.

“Emailing through Yahoo means surrendering your privacy, whether it’s
your own account or your friend’s,” says Harvard-trained privacy expert
Katherine Albrecht, who is helping to develop StartMail, an upcoming
email service that will not scan its users’ correspondence. “It’s time
we start paying attention to these policies, because they’re growing
more shockingly abusive every day,” she added.

Where prior versions of Yahoo had tracking policies buried in the fine
print, the company’s tracking agenda is now openly stated in paragraph
2: “When you upgrade you will be accepting our …Privacy Policy.” That
is, its anti-privacy policy.

Concerned Yahoo users are invited to check out StartMail, a completely
private email program slated for release this Fall. Anyone who would
like to be a beta tester can visit StartMail (www.StartMail.com) and
sign up for the upcoming release.

Rest assured: That information will not be shared with anyone at all.

Especially not Yahoo.


CASPIAN (Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering) is a grass-roots consumer group fighting retail surveillance schemes since 1999 and irresponsible RFID use since 2002. With thousands of members in all 50 U.S. states and over 30 countries worldwide, CASPIAN seeks to educate consumers about marketing strategies that invade their
privacy and encourage privacy-conscious shopping habits across the retail spectrum.



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