Is Privacy Improving in Post-Snowden Era?
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In the wake of disclosures made by U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden about government surveillance, many Americans have become more aware of privacy risks. In response, many U.S. companies have taken privacy increasingly seriously, according to a new report on government data requests from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
The EFF report has six categories under which it ranks vendors: requiring a warrant for content of communications; telling users about government data requests; publishing transparency reports; publishing law-enforcement guidelines, fighting for users' privacy rights in courts and publicly opposing mass surveillance.
The EFF gave a full six-star rating to Apple, CREDO Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic, Twitter and Yahoo.