Apple awarded top marks for protecting user data from prying governments

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Apple has been involved with other tech companies in fighting for customers' privacy rights in the courts and congress in the US. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which publishes a Who Has Your Back report each year, has awarded Apple (among a handful of other companies) with top marks when it comes to protecting user data against government officials.

The report grades technology companies on how they handle customer data access requests, put forward by government. Apple met all six factors included in the report, which each listing is graded by. The company scored full marks across the board on the following:

  • Requires a warrant for content
  • Tells users about government data requests
  • Publishes transparency reports
  • Publishes law enforcement guidelines
  • Fights for users' privacy rights in court
  • Fights for users' privacy rights in congress

Apple has previously announced the company requires a court order before data is handed over to officials, attempting to reassure customers that all data is safe and they will be notified should government officials request data. Other companies have also been vocal about protecting user data. Microsoft, CREDO Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Sonic, Twitter and Yahoo all joined Apple in receiving the full six stars.

Apple was also praised for improvements made through the years (the company only had a single star in the 2013 report). Contrast to the success of a select few, MySpace, AT&T and all scored a measly two stars, while Snapchat ended up with only a single star – not a positive end result for the private image sharing service.

Be sure to read through the full report over on EFF.

Source: EFF, via: WinBeta

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Apple awarded top marks for protecting user data from prying governments


It's good to see that the big players (notably Apple, Facebook, and Google) not only have six stars, but that their ratings have been increasing markedly over the years. Hell, Apple went from terrible in 2013 to full marks this year. That's very encouraging.

Less encouraging is that Amazon, whose information stockpile about me is pretty significant at this point (I started buying from them significantly as a freshman in college, and that was 1999), does not look nearly as good as their peers.