Thanks Grappa for the heads up.
The changes were sparked by economics and the ongoing trend among companies to comply with investigative bodies following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
"It's the swinging of the pendulum," said Evan Hendricks, editor of privacy newsletter Privacy Times. "It has swung very much toward making it easier to disclose information."
Stating a policy for user data in the event it is acquired could also clear a barrier for Yahoo's future. If the company's policy prohibited it from sharing user data with anyone, Yahoo users could pose a legal challenge to any transfer of user data to a new owner, Hendricks added.