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What Internet Companies Are Helping to Protect Your Data From the Government?



The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published it’s third annual “Who Has Your Back?” report which gives insight into some of the largest and most influential Internet players (which is synonymous with the term ‘data collectors’ in today’s world) and how they work to keep data from being grabbed by the government at their bidding.

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Top performers include Twitter and Sonic.net both getting stars in all six categories measured while Google, LinkedIn, Spideroak and Dropbox each earned five stars. Google lost a half star from last year since they no longer warn individuals about data requests (they just offer transparency reports about government request as a whole).

The big losers? Verizon and MySpace (0 stars) and 1 star performers including Apple, AT&T and Yahoo.

Here is the complete chart.

NOTE: The categories are a little tough to read so they are (from left to right).

  • Requires a warrant for content
  • Tells users about government data requests
  • Publishes transparency reports
  • Publishes law enforcement guidelines
  • Fights for users’ privacy rights in court
  • Fights for users’ privacy rights in Congress

Who's Got Your Back 2013 Report

The PDF of the report is free.

Do you have a better or lesser view of any of these companies when shown in this light?

  • birm

    Good Day!!I dont have idea what companies that protect the data of the government…I would like to more about this topic…

  • http://www.facebook.com/provident.chauffeurs Provident Chauffeurs

    Great info