Sonic.Net Tops EFF Consumer Privacy Protection Rankings
Verizon, Comcast and AT&T -- Not so Much
The EFF has compiled a breakdown and ranking
of how resilient companies are when the government comes snooping around for personal data. The rankings, the EFF says, explore the policies of 18 companies across digital industries, focusing on whether they "publicly commit to standing with users when the government seeks access to user data."
Companies were ranked on whether they informed users about requests for their data, and whether they were transparent about government requests, fought for user privacy rights in courts, and fought for user privacy rights in Congress. California ISP Sonic.net received a gold star in all four measurements, while other ISPs like Comcast (one star) AT&T (one star) and Verizon (no stars) didn't fare particularly well.
In contrast with larger ISPs, Sonic has fought for consumer rights wherever possible. CEO Dane Jasper recently decried how ISPs are engaged in all manner of sleazy non-transparent user tracking
, ranging from clickstream sales to new "man in the middle" search traffic manipulation. The company also recently opposed new data retention laws
, noting that greater storage of user data means greater security and privacy risks. Last fall a report surfaced showing Sonic fought a secret court order to obtain data on Wikileaks supporter Jacob Appelbaum
"While there remains room for improvement in areas such as the policies of location service providers, certain practices — like publishing law enforcement guidelines and regular transparency reports — are becoming standard industry practice," states the EFF. "The overall poor showing of AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, who provide Internet connectivity to so many people, is especially troubling," says the group.
Sonic.net I like Sonic.net with 20Mbps for $40/month, but it's only available in California, which is unfortunate since I like to move to Houston, TX. In Houston, I do not have that much of a choice but to either choose Comcast or AT&T. Good in Sonic.net for being upfront with customers.
I'd rather have ISPs be more upfront about the price of Internet service rather than showing me the introduction price, which I really don't like. However, just because I like Sonic.net does not mean I should move to California. As for Houston, my loved one lived there and it's been a long time since I have not been to Houston, as I live in Tallahassee. I was a child/early teenager when I went to Houston during Christmas times.
Update: My mom told me that my loved one is no longer in Houston, but oh well.
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I mean... I am all for consumer privacy. But if someone is doing something illegal online (soliciting children, setting up murder plans, etc) and the goverment wants their information, I would want the companies to hand it over. I would be really angry if something happened to someone I love, because an ISP wouldnt work with law enforcement because of their consumer protection issues.
Music/Movie Piracy isnt as bad as anything in the physical realm mentioned above, but I still people that if we can catch a theif, we should.
People should know these days that everything can be tracked.
Re: I mean...
said by baineschile:So you're saying it's ok if law enforcement goes on fishing expeditions and request information on random people without valid court orders hoping they'll get a bite?
I am all for consumer privacy. But if someone is doing something illegal online (soliciting children, setting up murder plans, etc) and the goverment wants their information, I would want the companies to hand it over. I would be really angry if something happened to someone I love, because an ISP wouldnt work with law enforcement because of their consumer protection issues.
The rankings in the article are NOT "which companies do not comply with valid court orders" but rather which companies challenge illegal or over-broad court orders and which ones then inform the targeted user (unless the order prohibits doing so).
You can keep your temporary illusions of safety/security. I'll keep my liberty thank you very much.
said by dvd536:Comcast stopped doing redirecting with their implementation of DNSSEC:
So sonic.net is the only remaining US ISP not doing dns redirection.
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