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EFF: Apple Worse Than Facebook at Protecting Your Personal Data From the Government

Posted in Apple, News on 01/05/2013 by Chris Hauk

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When you think of a company that protects your privacy and personal data, Facebook is not usually the first one that springs to mind. However, the the Electronic Frontier Foundation has ranked Apple worse than companies like Facebook, Amazon and Comcast when it comes to protecting your personal data from the clutches of the government.

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The EFF recently released a report ranking 18 top tech firms on how well they protect users’ personal data from the government when it comes knocking in search of private information. Top performers include Twitter, Google and Dropbox while Verizon, AT&T and Apple were found to be among the worst when it comes to protecting your data.

The report says the Verizon, AT&T, and Apple don’t require a warrant before handing over your data, and they don’t even have to inform you that your private data has been given to the government. They also do not publish transparency reports and law enforcement guidelines, or fight for users’ privacy rights in court.

While Apple and AT&T do address congress regarding their user’s privacy rights, Verizon can’t be bother to do even that much.

The EFF’s full report can be read here.



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Chris Hauk

MacTrast Senior Editor, and self-described "magnificent bastard," Chris Hauk owns Phoenix Rising Services and writes for everyone's favorite "bad movie" website, Big Bad Drive-In.

His first Apple product was an iPod Classic 5 years ago, and he has since added a MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, and 2 Apple TVs to his collection.

He lives somewhere in the deep Southern part of America. Yes, he has to pump in both sunshine, and the Internet.

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