Who Has Your Back? 2014 Report

by George Chetcuti [Published on 19 May 2014 / Last Updated on 19 May 2014]

This year, EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) reports major improvements in industry standards for informing users about government data requests, publishing transparency reports, and fighting for the user in Congress.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading non-profit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF’s major findings in its 2014 report:

  • Apple, CREDO Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic, Twitter, and Yahoo Top Chart, Receive 6 Stars Each
  • Apple, Adobe, Internet Archive, Credo, Dropbox Facebook, Foursquare, Google, LinkedIn, Lookout, Microsoft, Pinterest, Sonic, SpiderOak, Tumblr, Twitter, Wikimedia, Wickr, WordPress, and Yahoo Promise to Give Notice to Users
  • Apple, Yahoo Show Enormous Improvements in Government Access Policies
  • Overwhelming Number of the Companies We Reviewed, even Major ISPs like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast Are Now Issuing Transparency Reports
  • Majority of Tech Companies (but only one Telecom) Publicly Oppose Mass Surveillance
  • CREDO Mobile Demonstrates That Telecom Companies Can Champion Transparency, Resistance to Government Access Requests
  • Snapchat, AT&T, and Comcast Lag Behind Others in Industry
  • In Wake of Snowden Disclosures, More Companies Revised Policies About Government Access to User Data

Read the full report here - https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-government-data-requests-2014

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