Twitter and Google praised for transparency
May 6 , 2013
Twitter and Google have been praised for their approach to data protection by civil liberties group, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
As part of its annual report, EFF profiled the policies of 18 major companies, including AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Amazon.
Each was awarded a star based on criteria, such as “requires a warrant for content,” “tells users about government data requests,” “fights for users’ privacy rights in Congress,” and “publishes transparency reports.”
Verizon and MySpace emerged as the two worst performers with zero stars.
AT&T, Apple, and Yahoo each received one star while Comcast and Amazon received two. Social networking giant Facebook was awarded three stars while Dropbox and Google were both given five.
Twitter received a full set of six stars along with California-based Internet provider Sonic.net.
Microsoft received four, an improvement from last year when it received just one, after deciding to publish transparency reports.