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Report Reveals How Big ISPs Scored on Latest Privacy Analysis

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Just recently, a non-profit organization published its annual privacy scorecard after assessing large internet providers. The Electronic Freedom Foundation campaigns for the rights of individuals for an open internet. Based on the information collected, the group was able to learn a few things. And it comes to no surprise that large internet service providers are really just looking for ways they can sell more data to you.

Around 25 of the largest companies in the industry were analyzed by the EFF and put under a close eye. Each company was graded on a number of factors such as the following:

  • Follows industry-wide best practices
  • Tell users about government data requests
  • Promises not to sell out users
  • Stands up to NSL gag orders
  • Pro-user Public Policy Reform 702

Looking at the list, AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, and Verizon all only scored on the following industry-wide best practices. Beyond this, the four ISPs failed on every other category. Part of the reason for this is that AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are all vocal about how they are against net neutrality rules. T-Mobile doesn't really come as a huge surprise as it had a very public squabble with the EFF in the past.

What came as a surprise from the report, however, was that it was actually the small players that scored on every category of the EFF. For example, MVNO Credo Mobile obtained full marks on each category, along with Dropbox, Uber, and Lyft. Google, Facebook, and Apple also proved to be a pleasant surprise as it scored four out of five.

You may check out the full results of the scorecard here.


Source: BGR

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  1. Microsoft bought Linkedin (who stole address books from Google accounts). Whatsapp uploads your address book without explicit consent. And Facebook buys credit reports and says no such thing as privacy.

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    1. facebook looks at users' credit reports? really?? really???

      well they do want to know everything about you but that's getting to be ridiculous.

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    2. "Facebook also buys and incorporates outside data from credit bureaus and other data banks."

      http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/341016-facebooks-success-threatens-each-of-us-individually-and

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    3. "Microsoft bought Linkedin (who stole address books from Google accounts"

      Did Linkedin actually steal address books, or did they duplicate them?

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  2. I don't know why everyone is so worried about the ISPs when the aliens are watching us all.

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  3. Is this supposed to come as any surprise?

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  4. AT&T gave data to NSA without warrants

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    1. It's the sharing economy at work.

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  5. Uber & Lyft are internet providers?!? Can't wait to hear how that works...

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    1. I guess everyone has a side gag, even the corporate thugs!

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    2. Most of the opposition to Uber has come from lousy legacy cab drivers who do a bad job and overcharge, and from power-mad local government officials who want to regulate only due to being on a power trip and no good reason.

      So it's kind of hard to notice when the real valid criticisms of Uber finally came across.

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