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Worst Companies At Protecting User Privacy: Skype, Verizon, Yahoo 113

Posted by timothy
from the race-to-the-bottom dept.
First time accepted submitter SmartAboutThings writes "Apple and Microsoft are one of the worst companies at protecting our privacy, according to EFF's privacy report. Dropbox, Twitter and Sonic have some of the best scores." "Sonic" is California ISP Sonic.net, which tops the field with the EFF's only 4-star rating. Of ISPs with national presence, ATT and Comcast come in with a single star apiece, and Verizon gets a goose egg.
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Worst Companies At Protecting User Privacy: Skype, Verizon, Yahoo

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  • Good to know... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nine-times (778537) <nine.times@gmail.com> on Sunday June 03, 2012 @04:59PM (#40203939) Homepage
    Nice to know that among the 1 ISP option you have, they have a 0-star rating in keeping information private. I'm not sure what anyone is supposed to do with this information.
  • by Shavano (2541114) on Sunday June 03, 2012 @05:03PM (#40203961)

    First time accepted submitter SmartAboutThings writes

    "Apple and Microsoft are one of the worst companies at protecting our privacy, according to EFF's privacy report. Dropbox, Twitter and Sonic have some of the best scores."

    "Sonic" is California ISP Sonic.net, which tops the field with the EFF's only 4-star rating. Of ISPs with national presence, ATT and Comcast come in with a single star apiece, and Verizon gets a goose egg.

    All shilling for Sonic aside, I'm pretty sure Apple and Microsoft are two companies.

  • 18 companies? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by csumpi (2258986) on Sunday June 03, 2012 @05:29PM (#40204159)

    18 companies with 4 yes/no checks. Nothing about how the companies use collected user data or how they share it. Complete fail.

    How can anyone call this a report?

  • Skype? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by epp_b (944299) on Sunday June 03, 2012 @05:33PM (#40204187)

    The only reason Skype has a zero-score is because the EFF's criteria is inadequate. They're all contingent on these companies actually storing and using your data, neither of which Skype does. Skype actually takes it a step further and encrypts all communication. As far as I'm aware, Skype never sees your data, it's just a pipe.

    Skype is ahead of all of these companies, as far as I'm concerned.

  • by Doctor_Jest (688315) on Sunday June 03, 2012 @05:37PM (#40204203)

    Criteria #1 and #2 are important to everyone because of the very thing you mentioned in the statement. People wrongly suspected of ties to terrorist groups or what the US government considers terrorist groups. I for one am appalled that the government can keep a blanket request for data secret (without a warrant... thanks PATRIOT Act!) and not only that, keep what you're being investigated of secret... They can demand your papers and documents but not tell you why? How is that not a violation of the Constitution? This isn't a Democrat/Republican problem... this is a GOVERNMENT problem. Our problem is the morons want the government to coddle them and keep them from going hungry on one end, yet turn a blind eye when the government invades their privacy and tells them what they can and cannot drink or eat.. (Bloomberg... you cheese-eating fuck-monkey, I'm looking at you.) And god forbid you criticize the government or president. You're a dirty terrorist if you think the government sucks. Yeah, right. Call me a terrorist then, you cocksucking asshats.

    I'm getting increasingly frustrated with the entire process. Fuck 'em.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 03, 2012 @06:26PM (#40204475)

    Why is the Google logo used as the icon for this article? Why not Apple or Microsoft?

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