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HTTPS Function Rolled Out by Yahoo

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 9, 2013

A new option to enable HTTPS for full webmail sessions has been introduced by Yahoo, IDG News Service reports. Digital rights and privacy advocates have welcomed the new rollout. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, along with other advocates, sent a letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer last November asking for the secure function. The new interface features a “Turn on SSL” setting that users must manually switch on. In a blog post, AccessNow.org supported the decision and wrote, "Pending technical analysis of its implementation, we believe this decision by Yahoo responds to some of the concerns raised by civil society and security experts and signals a continuing strengthening of their services' privacy protections."
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