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EFF ranks Apple worse than Facebook when it comes to protecting your data

Zach Epstein
May 1st, 2013 at 10:20 AM
Apple Data Protection

When it comes to privacy and data protection, Facebook is hardly thought of as a leader among big technology companies. It should be somewhat troubling, then, that the Electronic Frontier Foundation has ranked Apple worse than companies like Facebook, Amazon and Comcast when it comes to protecting your data from the government.

The EFF recently released a report ranking 18 top tech firms on how well they protect users’ personal data from the government when it comes knocking in search of private information. Top performers include Twitter, Google and Dropbox while Verizon, AT&T and Apple were found to be among the worst when it comes to protecting your data.

According to the report, companies like Verizon, AT&T and Apple don’t require a warrant when handing over your data, and they don’t even tell users when their private data has been given to the government. They also don’t publish transparency reports, publish law enforcement guidelines or fight for users’ privacy rights in court.

The only thing Apple and AT&T do to protect your data is address congress regarding users’ privacy rights, according to the EFF — and Verizon doesn’t even manage to do that.

The EFF’s full report can be seen by following the source link below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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