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.