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Report: Firms Improving, But Data Sharing Still “Sobering”

DATA PROTECTION

May 1, 2013

In its annual review of tech companies’ sharing of user data with law enforcement and government, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says companies have improved markedly since last year, but the San Francisco Chronicle reports the results may still be “sobering.” The EFF grades companies on six categories, including whether they require a warrant to share data, inform users of requests and publish transparency reports. “When you use the Internet, you entrust your conversations, thoughts, experiences, locations, photos and more to companies like Google, AT&T and Facebook,” the EFF wrote. “But what do these companies do when the government demands your private information? Do they stand with you? Do they let you know what’s going on?”
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