Privacy and Transparency Report Released

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We email, upload and look at massive volumes of information on the web. Who is taking care to protect your information online in a government inquiry? The Electronic Frontier Foundation1X00242_9’s third annual report on privacy and transparency is out and you might be surprised at it’s findings.

The EFF judged companies on their “terms of service, privacy policy, transparency report, and guidelines for law enforcement requests.”

Six categories were considered:

  • Do they require a warrant for communication content?
  • Do they tell users about government requests?
  • Publish transparency reports?
  • Publish law enforcement guidelines?
  • Fight for users privacy rights in the court?
  • Fight for users privacy rights in the Congress?

They found that privacy policies that were considered exemplary two years ago are now becoming industry standards.

Sonic.net and Twitter received stars in all six categories. MySpace, Verizon, AT&T, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook were called out for failing some or all of the tests.

You can read more in the report here.

Photo courtesy: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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