Digital rights organization the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published its fifth annual Who has your back? report into online service providers’ transparency and privacy practices when it comes to government requests for accessing user data.
The organization notes a general transformation among major Internet players to be more transparent with users about data requests over the past four years. But for its latest report it’s tightened evaluation criteria, arguing that “it’s time to expect more from Silicon Valley”.
The report awards companies up to a maximum of five stars for performance in various areas, such as following what the EFF judges as “industry-accepted best practices”; telling users about government data demands; disclosing policies on data retention disclosing government content removal requests; and taking what it dubs a “pro-user” public policy position and specifically opposing government mandated backdoors in digital services.
Industry-accepted best practice (which gains a company one star) here breaks…
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