EFF Scores Companies on Data Privacy; Comcast, AT&T and Amazon Rate Last

EFF Scores Companies on Data Privacy; Comcast, AT&T and Amazon Rate Last

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Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft receive top ratings, while Comcast and AT&T are at the bottom of the barrel.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its now-annual "Who Has Your Back" report yesterday, which rates big tech companies on how they deal with the government on a data privacy level. Most of the big companies you know and love (or hate) were rated on a six-star scale, with each star representing a category.

The six categories are...

  • Requires a warrant for content
  • Tells users about government data requests
  • Publishes transparency reports
  • Publishes law enforcement guidelines
  • Fights for users' privacy rights in courts
  • Fights for users' privacy rights in Congress
  • So who are the winners and losers? Nine companies received perfect scores, including Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter. The perfect score means that these companies are about as transparent as possible (as far as the EFF and we know, at least).

    The lowest-scoring companies? Snapchat scored 1/6, Amazon and AT&T scored 2/6, and four scored 3/6 (Adobe, Comcast, Foursquare, MySpace). Comcast, Amazon, and AT&T are the most troubling of the low scorers, since two of the three handle massive quantities of Internet traffic, and Amazon is the online mecca of commerce.

    Apple definitely gets the Most Improved award, having earned marks in all six categories, when it scored 1/6 in the previous three years.

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    Definitely a misleading headline and image. All three company are not last, Snapchat is, followed by AT&T and Amazon, then Comcast is in the middle with 3 stars. Where are the rest of the companies, this list is to little to make any real conclusions about a lot of companies.

    Baldr:
    Definitely a misleading headline and image. All three company are not last, Snapchat is, followed by AT&T and Amazon, then Comcast is in the middle with 3 stars. Where are the rest of the companies, this list is to little to make any real conclusions about a lot of companies.

    Not misleading at all. I linked to the source material twice...and sorry I can't put the entire chart in a 310x image? The image I used is the top of the linked chart -- click through to see the entire thing.

    Comcast's three-star rating puts it below two-thirds of the rated companies.

    -Devin Connors

    Devin Connors:

    Baldr:
    Definitely a misleading headline and image. All three company are not last, Snapchat is, followed by AT&T and Amazon, then Comcast is in the middle with 3 stars. Where are the rest of the companies, this list is to little to make any real conclusions about a lot of companies.

    Not misleading at all. I linked to the source material twice...and sorry I can't put the entire chart in a 310x image? The image I used is the top of the linked chart -- click through to see the entire thing.

    Comcast's three-star rating puts it below two-thirds of the rated companies.

    -Devin Connors

    The headline reads, "EFF Scores Companies on Data Privacy; Comcast, AT&T and Amazon Rate Last"

    It should read "EFF Scores Companies on Data Privacy; Snapchat, Amazon and AT&T Rate Last", because Comcast doesn't "Rate Last" it rates better than these other three and the same as three others. In order to put Comcast in "Last" grouping you must list all of those that are worse. You failed to list Snapchat, so it is incorrect to list Comcast as last. It would be like saying, "The silver and bronze medalists finished first."

    Just edit Snapchat into the headline.

    OT: I'm happy to see that Apple has stepped up in becoming better custodians of their customer's data.

    Why bother with this "rating last" stuff at all? The report doesn't actively place the companies in any kind of order anyway. Just use the same language that the report did.

    Snapchat, AT&T, and Comcast Lag Behind Others in Industry

    It's still attention grabbing, without being sensationalist and misleading.

    dropbox recieves top rating. hell yeah. :D even if it offers the least amount of space from its competition i still love that service. it also offers fastest upload speeds of the big 3.

     

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