Know the tech firms that protect you online

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 3:02am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Technology companies have access to our most personal data: our intimate conversations, private photos, current location and more. With help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), we have been able to estimate which companies back you at all costs in protecting your information.

The data for twenty four companies commitments to fighting unfair demands for customer data has been analysed and the results have been displayed on the right hand side for you. This information has been released as a part of the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) fourth annual Who Has Your Back report.

"The sunlight brought about by a year's worth of Snowden leaks appears to have prompted dozens of companies to improve their policies when it comes to giving user data to the government," said EFF activism director Rainey Reitman. "Our report charts objectively verifiable categories of how tech companies react when the government seeks user data, so users can make informed decisions about which companies they should trust with their information."

This year most of the companies mentioned made an effort to tell users when their data was requested. This comes as refreshing change that gives users information they need to fight their own battles. This shows the technology industry learning from Twitter and how it handled the government order for information during the Wikileaks investigation. "Snapchat joins AT&T and Comcast in failing to require a warrant for government access to the content of communications. That means the government can obtain extraordinarily sensitive information about your activities
and communications without convincing a judge that there is probable cause to collect it," said EFF staff attorney Nate Cardozo. "We urge these companies to change course and give their users this simple and needed protection from government overreach."

Such reports are crucial to our understanding of how our privacy is compromised.


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