The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has just published its annual report on data collection practices and safety. In this analysis of practices of large technology no notable instances where the privacy of user data is key, but others that unfortunately makes clear the lack of zeal on the part of various companies.
The report entitled “Who has your back?” They focus especially on how companies protect our data against possible government requests. Are the worst stops? AT&T and WhatsApp suspending four of the five sections of the analysis.
Not only WhatsApp: the big US carriers in the spotlight
The report takes into account various sections: Follow the recommended industry practices, to inform users about the data demands from the government, explaining the data retention policies, unveil the content removal requests from government and public policy pro-users who do not install backdoors (government) in their solutions.
Adobe, Apple, Dropbox, Wikimedia, WordPress and Yahoo! take the best notes the report, while WhatsApp and AT&T both received one star and closely follows them Verizon, with only two of the five options considered. Google and Microsoft pull out a “scraped” approved five validated with three options.
The report is clear that the two major US carriers maintain the trend in which “fail to keep pace with the rest of the technology sector.” When the report was first published in 2011 the criteria were quite different-there were many more suspensos- and every company seemed to be much more to his side.
The post-Snowden was awake to large technology
The disclosure of confidential documents Edward Snowden began in June 2013 has led to both industry and users to be more aware of the risks to privacy that impose the use of these services. That has meant that there are clear moves that seek to support the protection of such data and communications by businesses, although the leaks still occur in various services, at least the trend is more positive than it was a few years ago.
WhatsApp has always gone to the queue in the implementation of these policies. Not only demonstrated its rating in this report, but that was one of the last to integrate encryption point to point communications. Telegram, which boasts of predicting the future of his rival, he did much earlier, as did other instant messaging services, including Apple iMessage.
The Cupertino company is showing its interest in this specific section with measures such as not to give the unlock key government based on iOS 8 something that would also shortly after Google on Android-and indeed the Edward Snowden stood own position devices Tim Cook versus privacy.(Source: EFF)