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You Can Trust These Companies To Protect Your Data From The Government

By Josh Wolford

June 23, 2015

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's annual report on companies' commitment to protecting user data, Adobe, Apple, Wikimedia, WordPress, and Yahoo have your back more than everyone else.

The EFF's Who Has Your Back? report looks at 24 major tech companies and awards stars based on five criteria – whether or not they 1) follow industry-accepted best practices (requiring warrants, publishing transparency reports, etc.); 2) tell users about government data requests; 3) publicly disclose the company's data retention policies; 4) disclose the number of times governments seek the removal of user content or accounts and how often the company complies; and 5) oppose backdoors.

The EFF says that overall, it has seen improvement just in the past few months. But the organization calls out some companies for failing to take steps it recommended to protect user privacy – including WhatsApp, Google, and Twitter.

In the months that EFF has been talking to companies to develop "Who Has Your Back," there has already [...]

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