There have been several posts inquiring how members should work with 3rd party websites; below are some clarifications based on the Groups Guidelines that every Y! user should adhere to when dealing with 3rd party sites (please note that the Groups Guidelines are tied to Yahoo’s general Terms of Service and sho uld be followed by all Groups users and moderators):
- If you are considering providing your Y! username and password to a 3rd party site which stores that information on their own site, please carefully consider the risks before doing so. Giving access to a 3rd party can be very unsafe as the 3rd party site can access your Yahoo account as if it was you accessing your own account. For example, they could access your address book and send emails to your friends, change your account settings, or gain access to your personal information. Under Section 5 of the Yahoo! Terms of Service “You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account.” For more information please also refer to section 5 of Yahoo’s Terms of Service .
- Group Moderators have the responsibility and the right to enforce their own membership guidelines for their group. The guidelines can relate to how group members deal with or interact with 3rd party websites. If a member is part of a 3rd party website in which the site accesses the group content using the member’s login information and/or the user’s email and then makes this content available to other users, this behavior could put them at risk of having their membership to the group revoked by the moderator or for having their Yahoo! account closed entirely for a TOS violation. Moderators have the right to protect their group’s content along with the privacy of their members and can and should enforce this at their individual group level. For more information, please refer to section 11 of the Groups Guidelines , section 12 of Yahoo’s Terms of Service and privacy/security information .
Groups owners and moderators should take every opportunity to protect their group members’ privacy and integrity of the Groups community and as such, Yahoo’s Terms of Service and Groups Guidelines should be referred to when dealing with all situations including 3rd party websites.