EFF Grades Internet Companies on Protecting Your Privacy

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) published their scorecard of Interent companies on how these companies respond to government requests for data about customers (all of us).

When the Government Comes Knocking, Who Has Your Back?

The scorecard consists of four graded behaviors:

1. Tell users about data demands
2. Be transparent about government requests
3. Fight for user privacy in the courts
4. Fight for user privacy in Congress

Of the dozen companies that were scored, only 7 received any points at all. Of a possible 4 points as a perfect score, in descending order:

3 – Google
2 – Amazon & Twitter
1 – AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft & Yahoo

The other 5 companies received a big fat score of zero: Apple, Comcast, myspace, Skype and Verizon (Sprint and T-Mobile where not scored). Most of these dozen companies are deeply integrated in our mobile lives. So, their response to government requests for data could involve data about you.

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