Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Report Card on Companies Who Protect Your Privacy

Some do a good job. Others, not so much. AT&T, Verizon, Other Telco Providers Lag Behind Tech Industry in Protecting Users from Government Overreach, EFF Annual Survey Shows | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Online retail giant Amazon has been rated number one in customer service, yet it hasn’t made the public commitments to stand behind its users’ digital privacy that the rest of the industry has.

AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile, and Verizon scored the lowest, each earning just one star. While they have adopted a number of industry best practices, like publishing transparency reports and requiring a warrant for content, they still need to commit to informing users before disclosing their data to the government and creating a public policy of requesting judicial review of all NSLs.

The full list can be found here.

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This Government Is Not Interested in Privacy. Better Take Care of it Yourself.

The title of the article says it all, really. FCC won’t force websites to honor ‘Do Not Track’ | Computerworld

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday dismissed a petition that would have required some of Web’s largest firms, including Facebook, Google and Netflix, to honor “Do Not Track” signals from consumers’ browsers.

So Google, Facebook, Twitter, et al, are free to continue violating your privacy, and disregarding your stated wishes relating to the same topic. Given the way the US government treats your privacy, I can’t say that this comes as a great surprise.

You can download the TOR browser here. And you can add Privacy Badger to you Firefox or Chrome browsers here. Privacy Badger is from the Electronic Freedom Foundation – one of the few organizations dedicated to your privacy. TOR stands for The Onion Router, and is currently the best bet for private browsing. (Privacy Badger is still confusing me, even after having it installed for awhile. The mode were they flag a “potential tracker” as yellow, but do not block them… can’t figure out if that should worry me.