The EFF has released their latest report on which companies have your back on privacy
(pdf), and several of the largest telecom companies continue to fare among the worst in any industry in terms of transparency and sticking up for consumers.
The EFF rates companies on six criteria: requiring warrants for data requests, informing users and publishing government data requests, the publishing of their law enforcement guidelines, the company's tendency to fight for users in court, and their tendency to oppose mass surveillance publicly.
While Apple, CREDO Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic.net, Twitter and Yahoo topped the EFF's charts with six full stars, AT&T and Comcast lagged behind other companies -- even with their belated decisions to start publishing government transparency reports
Comcast received three stars, and AT&T, who whistleblower data suggests is about as cozy with the NSA as possible, received just two. Only Snapchat received a worse score in the EFF's report.
"AT&T continues its long pattern of failing to stand by users against overbroad government data demands," states the EFF. "It does not have a policy of requiring a warrant before providing content to the government, and it has no policy of informing users of government data requests. It is particularly disappointing to see AT&T silent on the issue of mass surveillance."