EFF Updates 'Who Has Your Back?' Report On Tech Companies

 

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its latest Who Has Your Back? report, which scores tech companies based on their security practices, their response to government data requests, and more. This year the digital rights group added two categories--"promises not to sell out users" and "stands up to [national security letter] gag orders"--to the scorecard to offer a more thorough look into each company.

The Who Has Your Back? report's broad strokes aren't particularly surprising. With just one star each, telecoms like AT&T and Verizon score far lower than the tech companies on the list, several of which received all five possible stars. We already knew that telecoms often hand over user data, so the report's note that they don't "have your back" is less of a revelation and more of a reminder about their numerous public failings.

Prease to read more here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/eff-who-has-your-back,34971...

https://www.eff.org/who-has-your-back-2017

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Nice info, happy to see that Adobe and DropBox are well rated.

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Thanks, that is interesting reading.

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Interesting report

Thanks for posting.

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I especially like expression "promises not to sell out users". It has this firm sound of definite assurance smile

There is real "don't kid yourself" sound to this. It means: so far we don't sell your data, but when push comes to shove we can't promise anything. In business moral ground is use only when it gives good publicity and won't hurt company.

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Take responsibility for your own privacy. Don't think anyone else will cover your butt.

If you have sensitive conversations, or texts, use Signal or another end-to-end encryption application. Encrypt docs on your HDD. Use encrypted email.

Remember, once it's off your device, you don't own it anymore.

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grzesja wrote:

I especially like expression "promises not to sell out users". It has this firm sound of definite assurance smile

There is real "don't kid yourself" sound to this. It means: so far we don't sell your data, but when push comes to shove we can't promise anything. In business moral ground is use only when it gives good publicity and won't hurt company.

Let's say those are agreements you made with company "A". If Company "A" is sold to company "B" ... all bets are off and the agreement that you had with company "A" is no longer in effect with company "B".

My understand is some companies, change their name. When they do this, the create a "new legal entity" and then sell or otherwise transfer existing customer data from the prior company entity to the new company entity... and bingo, whatever privacy agreements were in effect prior the company name change are no longer in effect...

But I'm just a simple guy... what would I know?

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