Yahoo offers a variety of location-aware products and services to provide you with more-relevant content wherever you are in the world. We obtain information about your location through various methods, like pinpointed GPS data or when you submit a partial address to look at a map of an area.

Collection of Information

Pinpointed Physical Location

  • You must first provide permission through your device, browser or with Yahoo directly before Yahoo obtains pinpointed physical location information from technologies like GPS, Wi-Fi or mobile/mobile tower proximity. You are able to withdraw your permission for Yahoo to access pinpointed location information but, depending on the device or browser associated with the Yahoo product or service that you’re using, location information permission may not be controlled by Yahoo.

IP Address

  • When your web browser or email application requests a web page or email from another computer on the Internet, it automatically sends that computer the address to which it should reply with the information requested. This is your computer's "IP address" (IP stands for "Internet protocol"). Depending on how you connect to the Internet through your Internet Service Provider (ISP), the IP address assigned to your computer may be different every time that you log on. Yahoo may derive information about where your device is generally located based on your IP Address.

Account Location Information

  • When you register for a Yahoo account, you are asked to provide a postal code. Yahoo may access your postal-code information to provide a starting point for location-aware products and services, like Yahoo Weather.

Partner Location Information

  • Yahoo tries to provide you with relevant advertising and content. One of the ways that we can customise your experience is based on your postal code. Yahoo may work with selected partners to obtain enhanced postal-code information about some of our registered users. Yahoo may receive location data from third parties with whom you have linked your account. You can view, manage, add or remove Linked Accounts.

Use of Information

Yahoo may access, store and use the location information described above to provide location-aware products and services (such as Yahoo Local), serve advertising, search results and other content. Other uses of location information may include determining the appropriate language for presenting a website and assisting in the detection of fraud and abuse.

Yahoo’s location selector and the corresponding location-management page may maintain a history of locations. Please visit the Location Help for information on how to add names to common locations that you use, disable the auto-save feature or clear your location history from the location selector and the location-management page.

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Sharing of Information

With your consent, Yahoo may share some location information with third-party applications. Please note that third parties’ use of location information that you provide is subject to their own privacy policies and not the Yahoo Privacy Policy.


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