Privacy no big deal with Apple, AT&T, Verizon
May 1, 2013
Personal information shared on the Internet can be obtained by government and law enforcement officials with varying degrees of ease, but Apple, AT&T and Verizon have received low marks for failing to protect individual privacy rights, according to a national digital activist group.
Electronic Frontier Foundation released its annual comprehensive review of practices of large consumer technology companies in handling of personal information.
“When you use the Internet, you entrust your conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos, and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook,” according to foundation officials.. “But what do these companies do when the government demands your private information? Do they stand with you? Do they let you know what’s going on?”
Generally speaking, the answer to those questions is “no,” the report suggests.
Six categories were incorporated in the study to determine if a company (1) fights for users’ privacy rights in courts; (2) publishes transparency reports; (3) informs users about government data requests; (4) requires a warrant for content; (5) advocates for users’ privacy rights in Congress; and (6) publishes law enforcement guidelines.