EFF Reviews Which Internet Companies Have Your Back

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — The Electronic Frontier Foundation released a report last week examining which major internet companies protect their users’ privacy when faced with requests for information from government agencies.

Microblogging service Twitter and California-based internet service provider Sonic.net received perfect grades for protecting user privacy, while internet service provider Verizon failed to earn positive marks in any of the six categories examined in the report.

The EFF examined each company’s policies and actions to evaluate them on these six criteria:

  1. Do they require a warrant to turn over the content of user communications?
  2. Do they tell users about government data requests when not prohibited from doing so by law?
  3. Do they publish transparency reports?
  4. Do they publish guidelines for how they deal with law enforcement requests for user data?
  5. Do they fight for users’ privacy in courts?
  6. Do they fight for users’ privacy in Congress?

According to the EFF, more internet companies are publishing transparency reports and law enforcement guidelines, and notifying users when their data is turned over through a government request.

The report, Who Has Your Back? 2013, is available in PDF format on the EFF’s website.


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