Annual Report Card Shows Who Fights for the Users
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is an important organization focused on activities that insure governments are held to high standards when attempting to get access to information about us. The organization takes the fight to Big Brother directly in the courtroom, while also producing education initiatives, leading technology projects, and policy advocacy both in the US and internationally.
Basically, they are a voice — a loud, active, and effective voice — fighting to make sure that your Fourth Amendment rights (that was the one about illegal search and seizure) are protected in the digital environment. Once a year, they release a report detailing how well the major tech companies are at protecting your rights when the Gov comes calling. Their reasoning is solid:
In today’s increasingly digital world, online service providers serve as the guardians of our most intimate data — from email content to location information to our social and family connections. The policies adopted by these corporations will have deep and lasting ramifications on whether individual Internet users can communicate free from the shadow of government surveillance. – EFF
This year’s report just came out, and if you use the internets at all, it is worth a few minutes, at least, of your time. On a positive not, most companies have improved this year. On a negative (and personally frustrating) note, Apple continues to do a poor job fighting for you. Take a look:
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So what do we learn here? Well, of the headline companies, Twitter is your best friend on-line; Google is doing an amazing job; Facebook is a lot better than you thought; and Apple sucks. It hurts to write that, but there it is, all done up in stars.