EFF praises major tech companies for doing more to protect your data

EFF privacy ranking table showing Apple, Adobe etc

The jury (or rather, congress) is still out on how Snowden’s now-legendary leaks will effect the NSA, but it’s certainly changed how companies handle user data.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest “Who Has Your Back?” transparency report, 2014 is a landmark year for user privacy — Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Twitter all earned perfect scores in the report’s six-point evaluation.

The scoring metric awards stars for companies that require the government to get a warrant before collecting user data, or to firms that publish their own transparency reports. Overall, the report shows a marked improvement over last year, but the EFF still highlights other big companies that could do a lot more to protect and reassure their users.

“Transparency reports have become the industry standard for major tech companies,” the report reads. “But Adobe, Amazon, Foursquare, Myspace, Wikimedia and Snapchat have yet to publish a report.” The EFF specifically chews out Amazon for having “a tremendous amount of user data,” but no clear way for users to evaluate its policies on how law enforcement can access that data.

Even so, the EFF ends its conclusions on a high note, saying that most companies are “heading in the right direction.” Check out the full report at the source link below.

[Image credit: Shutterstock / Galushko Sergey]


Source: Engadget - Read the full article here

Author: Daily Tech Whip

This article is part of our 'News Tiles' service. The site is currently in Beta. When it is fully operational you will be able to search through and arrange the 'Tiles' to display a keyword, product or technology over your chosen time period. For example you would be able to display all of the leading tech articles on the new Kindle Fire, in one spot in real time. You will also have access to our own original reporting and analysis as well as a polished place to post your own thoughts & reviews here, amongst the Daily Tech Whip Community. Please let us know if you have any feedback via the contact form or via Twitter. Don't forget to come back next week and see our full site and claim your name and your own free tech blog.

Share This Post On