SUNNYVALE, Calif. & London, Dec 17, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Today, Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) announced a new global data retention policy that sets an industry-leading approach to user data privacy. This new policy strengthens Yahoo!'s relationship of trust with its 500 million users world-wide and enhances its longtime leadership on privacy.
Under the new policy, Yahoo! will anonymize user log data within 90 days with limited exceptions for fraud, security and legal obligations. Yahoo! will also expand the policy to apply not only to search log data but also page views, page clicks, ad views and ad clicks.
"In our world of customized online services, responsible use of data is critical to establishing and maintaining user trust," said Anne Toth, Yahoo!'s Vice President of Policy and Head of Privacy. "We know that our users expect relevant and compelling content and advertising when they visit Yahoo!, but they also want assurances that we are focused on protecting their privacy."
Fueled by a focus on consumer privacy, regulators, legislators and advocates from around the globe have asked the industry to examine data policies with a focus on retention periods.
Yahoo! conducted a comprehensive review of its data practices across the globe. The heads of business and engineering units worked with privacy and data governance teams to thoroughly review data needs for global products and services, striving to ensure that Yahoo! retains data only long enough to serve our business and create the highest quality user experiences while maintaining the ability to fight fraud, secure systems, and meet legal obligations.
Users won't see a difference in their experience with Yahoo! products or services, and advertisers will continue to leverage our innovative interest-based advertising systems to deliver the most relevant ads to those users.
"This policy represents Yahoo!'s assessment of the minimum amount of time we need to retain data in order to respond to the needs of our business while deepening our trusted relationship with users," continued Toth. "We're proud this new policy sets a new benchmark for the industry."
To protect users and our business partners, there will be some specific and limited exceptions to the anonymization policy. In order to fight fraud and preserve system security, Yahoo! will retain system specific data in identifiable form for no more than 6 months -- but only for this purpose. Yahoo! may have to retain data for longer periods to meet other legal obligations.
This week, the Ponemon Institute and TRUSTe released their Most Trusted Companies for Privacy survey with Yahoo! ranking as the 14th overall trusted company and the highest ranked search engine appearing on the list.
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, visit pressroom.yahoo.com.
SOURCE: Yahoo! Inc.
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