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EFF report warns users on their private data on popular tech firms


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have listed top technology companies based on their trustworthiness in protecting private data of consumers, where Amazon, AT&T and Snapchat had been pointed as less trustworthy to store users personal data.

Ever since the revelations about National Security Agency in the U.S secretly collecting data, many companies have strengthened their privacy and transparency policies. On Thursday the non-profit privacy advocacy organisation Electronic Frontier Foundation published its fourth annual “Who has Your Back?” report where companies are evaluated based on their transparency policies, terms of service agreements, social networking sites and mobile service providers.

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Dropbox received the perfect scores from the advocacy group. For the second consecutive year California ISP Sonic and Twitter made it to the list. The least scores were given to Amazon and AT&T with two stars while Snapchat garnered only one star which was also the worst of all online companies. Last year only two companies received perfect scores.

“This is particularly troubling because Snapchat collects extremely sensitive user data, including potentially compromising photographs of users. Given the large number of users whose photos end up on Snapchat, the disappearing messenger should publicly commit to requiring a warrant before turning over the content of its user’s communications to law enforcement,” said the report.

The EFF however mentioned that the three tech companies does maintain a positive outlook for online security in the future in spite of the low scores. Over 26 companies were evaluated by EFF while 20 companies released a transparency report from last year relating to government request for data and how the requests were handled.

Technology companies have been increasingly revamping their policies after Snowden revelations and regain the trust of the consumers and concerns that users might move on from any company that is willing to reveal private data.

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