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Different technology companies in protecting the rights and privacy of users

The report showed for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) variation with respect to technology companies to defend the rights and privacy of users, especially in the face of government requests familiarized themselves with the data.

And won all of the “Twitter” and “Sonic”, Internet service provider, six stars to meet all the criteria of evaluation. While I got the “Apple” and “Yahoo” on only one star.

The report discussed the performance of eighteen companies in the United States, including Internet service providers and e-mail, and cloud storage services, and services based on GPS, blogging platforms and social networks.

And adopted the report, which was issued by the Foundation for the third year in a row, to give one star for each criterion are met among the six criteria was based on the evaluation.

The report pointed out that the selected criteria do not include all the ways that appear to support the rights of users, but pointed to the importance and the possibility of publicly recognized, and included a valuation:

1. The company’s request for authorization from the government agencies include the reasons for viewing on users’ private data.

2. Promise to inform users about government requests to view their data, unless it is prohibited by court order or other legal text.

3. Publish transparency reports.

4. Deployment of the company’s policies regarding the method of dealing with governmental requests.

5. Defend the privacy of users in front of the judiciary, as the existence of previous incidents where companies defended the rights of users against the government requests, with reference to some of the companies are not subjected to similar positions.

6. Defend the privacy of users in the U.S. Congress, granting the star of companies report that support efforts to modernize electronic privacy laws to join the Digital Due Process coalition, which seeks to improve the Communications Act.

She says the Electronic Frontier Foundation , for the defense of digital rights, the objective of the report urged companies to be more transparent about how governments access to users’ data, and to encourage them to support the user’s privacy whenever possible.

And adopted the findings of the report, “Electronic Frontier Foundation” to review the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for each company, the report of transparency, and procedures in dealing with requests legal, next to the company’s record in defending the privacy of users before the courts, and whether a member of the coalition, Digital Due Process .

The report pointed to some companies improved compared with the past two years. It became a tradition transparency reports followed in a number of them as a Twitter version and Microsoft their reports for the first time. Assessment also increased some, like “Foursquare” This is the year to four stars compared with the “zero” in the past year.

Some companies promised to inform users of government requests, including: Xbox paths, and Foursquare, Linked In, and Sonic. While Google absent from this category. Some companies have joined the defenders of the rights of users improving telecommunications laws, such as Foursquare, Templar, and “WordPress.”

The report also showed more interest from companies to declare its policy in dealing with government requests for user data, including: Google, Foursquare, Microsoft, and Templar, WordPress, and Comcast, and “Spyderoak”.

Among the companies Top Rated “Drop Box” and Google and “Linked” and Microsoft and “Spider Oak” five stars for each of them. Facebook won three starlets, the report urged the world’s largest social network to publish transparency reports.

The report included this year for the first time blogging platforms such as “Templar” for which she received three stars, “WordPress” which got four stars.

And received the “Yahoo” one-star to support users’ rights to justice, without that meet any of the other criteria. This is the same assessment of the “Apple” and AT & T on the star and the only one to their membership in the Coalition of seeking to change the laws of communication. It also did not get “MySpace” and “Verizon” on any points.

The report pointed to the company “Amazon” for which she received two stars, although possessing a tremendous amount of information and data users as part of its services to cloud computing and sales operations, but does not warrant informing users request their data by governments, or publish its handling these requests, nor does it allow transparent annual reports.

And commented Nate Cardoso, of the Electronic Frontier Foundation: “There is a lot in this report to celebrate, but there is also a need for further improvement. Service providers have a tremendous amount of our, and governments should not be able to search without a strong reason and ensure that court misused. This should be a warning bell to report Internet users that they need more protection from the companies they trust on digital contacts. ”
Rating companies of the third report of the Digital Frontier Foundation

Rating 18 out of technology companies of the third report of the Digital Frontier Foundation
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