Apple, Verizon, Amazon Score Low Marks on User Data Protection
When you use the Internet, you entrust your conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook. In its annual report, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international nonprofit digital rights group, examined the policies of major Internet companies—including ISPs, email providers, cloud storage providers, location-based services, blogging platforms and social networking sites—to assess whether they publicly commit to standing with users when the government seeks access to user data. The purpose of the report is to give companies the incentive to be transparent about how data flows to the government and encourage them to take a stand for user privacy whenever it is possible to do so. EFF graded companies in six areas, including transparency reports and companies' willingness to fight for users' privacy rights in court. eWEEK takes a look at how 10 technology companies ranked in EFF's study. Read on to learn more about which companies need improvement and which are ahead of the data-protection game.