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Yahoo starts reallocating inactive email IDs

Yahoo has started recycling inactive usernames by allowing users to select any email IDs that are remaining unused for over a year, as part of its efforts to wipe out inactive users from its network.

Users can request their top five choices for a new Yahoo ID until August 7, 2013.

Yahoo said that the firm would deliver an e-mail in mid-August notifying users which of their choices are available with a link to claim it, with users required to reply within 48 hours.

The move comes after a month after the US based firm notified users that they would have 30 days to log into an inactive account if they wanted to use it further.

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Yahoo has also collaborated with Facebook to assist the process in which the social networking site would offer an email header system.

The US Internet firm is also offering protections such as introducing a 30-day period between when an account is deactivated and when another user can claim it.

Yahoo will also unsubscribe its inactive email accounts from mailing lists so that their new owners will not get any unnecessary mail.

The plan is believed to develop a fresh interest in Yahoo’s Web products including as Mail, where users favour individualised user IDs that are derived from common names.

However, plans are being criticised in the midst of fears over the security of personal data on the Internet in the wake of the disclosures of massive US government snooping.
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