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Verizon Gets Zero Stars in EFF Privacy Report
While Sonic.Net Deserves Praise for Having Ethical Standards
by Karl Bode 10:33AM Wednesday May 01 2013
The EFF this week released their latest privacy report card, which grades companies on how well they help protect your data from government over-reach. The full report (pdf) explores which companies require a warrant to access content, inform users about government data requests, publishes transparent government interaction guidelines and fights for user privacy in the courts and Congress.

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Independent California ISP Sonic.net once again gets a full six stars from the EFF for their privacy practices. That's not too surprising given CEO Dan Jasper's publicly posted positions on some of the sleazy behavior that ISPs engage in when it comes to user data (like clickstream sales).

Jasper has played a big role in fighting ISP data retention laws, arguing that they simply create a juicy new security target for hackers and will be abused. His company also recently fought a secret court order to obtain data on Wikileaks supporter Jacob Appelbaum.

That's in quite a sharp contrast to the other, larger ISPs on the list. Comcast received just two stars, AT&T received one star, and Verizon received no stars. "We remain disappointed by the overall poor showing of ISPs
like AT&T and Verizon in our best practice categories," said the EFF, in commentary that mirrors their reports from the last two years.

That AT&T received any stars at all is rather surprising. Like Verizon, AT&T throws all voice and data into the lap of the NSA, helped advice the FBI on the best way to break the law, and most recently lobbied Congress to pass CISPA because it would have given them carte blanche to take consumer privacy violations even further.

It's unlikely these companies care much about receiving a scolding from the EFF, given that consumer consciousness surrounding privacy issues is fleeting at best, and regulator action on this front consists of puny fines and press releases. Everyone else, from investors to Silicon Valley, love the ocean of new potential revenue generated by tracking location data (something the company's won't even talk about), and would obviously prefer government stay out of their way.

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pawpaw

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Join the EFF

Support the EFF, the NRA of our times.

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said by pawpaw:

Support the EFF, the NRA of our times.

I would NOT even put the NRA in the same league as the EFF.
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Re: Join the EFF

Actually they are quite comparable. One fights for the second amendment, the other fights for the fourth. They both fight for our rights under the U.S. Constitution. I support both.

Thank you EFF, and NRA!
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Yes, but look at the NRA versus EFF. NRA only cares about the gun manufacturing industry. EFF is all about transparency and making sure our rights are not being trampled on by big government. I don't want to go further than that as that would be a Red/Blue Room topic.
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said by Boricua:

NRA only cares about the gun manufacturing industry.

Thank you for your perspective on this. I realize that some anti-constitution advocates have done a good job of painting the NRA this way. As one of the NRA's 4.5 million paying members, I can assure you that this is incorrect. Just as there may be some who try to paint the EFF as anti-US, or pro-terrorist. They too are incorrect. Don't let your insight be clouded by right vs left, or red vs blue rhetoric, devised to divide and conquer us. We must stick together, and defend all rights protected under that US Constitution, not just the ones we find currently convenient.
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said by Boricua:

Yes, but look at the NRA versus EFF. NRA only cares about the gun manufacturing industry.

Where did you here that?

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=bufTna0WArc

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Meanwhile Across The Pond

One of the few current bright spots in the European Union is the push for more consumer protection and privacy.

»www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/opini···tml?_r=0

Kudos to Mr. Jasper and Sonic here at home!
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Simba7
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I'd work for them

Sonic.net is one of the few rare ISP's that does not tollerate bullsh*t, especially from the government.

If they had services here, I'd jump right on.
ArizonaSteve

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What about the others?

I wonder why they rated AT&T and Verizon but not the others we all use like CentruyLink, T-Mobile or Sprint?