dslreports logo
site
spacer

spacer
 
   
spc
story category
AT&T Flounders in Latest EFF Privacy Report
by Karl Bode 09:30AM Friday May 16 2014
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.

Click for full size
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."

view:
topics flat nest 

IowaCowboy
Iowa native
Premium
join:2010-10-16
Springfield, MA
kudos:1

Apple rated highly

At least Apple got high ratings. I don't know about Google.

I'd like to see Verizon's ratings since I have Verizon for my iPhone.
--
Stop the Comcast-Time Warner merger, I'd rather Time Warner buy out Comcast.
existenz

join:2014-02-12
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Google Fiber

Re: Apple rated highly

Check the PDF, many of the major services got 6 stars, including Google, Yahoo, Dropbox and others. VZW did not.

»/r0/download/2···/EFF.pdf

PrivacyHa

@50.182.54.x

Re: Apple rated highly

said by existenz:

Check the PDF, many of the major services got 6 stars, including Google, Yahoo, Dropbox and others. VZW did not.

»/r0/download/2···/EFF.pdf

Yes Google gets 6 stars for not giving info to government. But no mention that they sell every bit of your privacy to any company willing to pay them for your data.
existenz

join:2014-02-12
kudos:2
Reviews:
·Google Fiber

Re: Apple rated highly

Source? Google doesn't sell personal data, just aggregated general data about overall use. They do creepy things to integrate services and track personal use internally but they don't directly sell personal info - ditto with other carriers/services.

With Google personal data can be accessed with a warrant but with some others it looks like they'll give it to the Feds.
Expand your moderator at work
Mr Matt

join:2008-01-29
Eustis, FL
kudos:1
Reviews:
·Millenicom
·Embarq Now Centu..
·Comcast
·CenturyLink

AT&T should post a sign on their corporate headquarters, no privacy here!

Who would think that a company that charges subscribers $30.00 extortion not be tracked, for their premier Gigabit Service, has any interest in maintaining their customers privacy. Their management must have feces for brains because any lawyer could claim that fee establishes that they make $30.00 per subscriber tracking and selling each customers browsing history. They should have a pig party at their corporate headquarters to celebrate this new fee.
biochemistry
Premium
join:2003-05-09
92361

Re: AT&T should post a sign on their corporate headquarters, no privacy here!

Anyone who believes they will get more privacy by paying AT&T $30 deserves to lose their $30.
--
isheavenforreal.com

Boricua
Premium
join:2002-01-26
Sacramuerto

Old news...

That shit has been going on for years. AT&T bent over a long time ago.
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: Old news...

Which is one of the reasons I am no longer an AT&T internet subscriber and won't be again.
Mele20
Premium
join:2001-06-05
Hilo, HI
kudos:5

Comcast

Comcast only rated slightly above AT&T. UGH since my ISP is being bought by these clowns.