EFF: Apple Gives Governments Your Data Without a Warrant and Without Telling You

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Apple does a horrible job of protecting your data from prying governments, according to a new report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The annual report, "Who Has Your Back?," looks at major technology service providers' commitment to users' rights in the face of government data demands. EFF's report examines 18 companies' terms of service, privacy policies, advocacy, and courtroom track records, awarding up to six gold stars for best practices in categories like "require a warrant for content," "tell users about government data demands," and "publish transparency reports."

The report scored Apple just one out of six stars noting that Apple does not require a warrant to provide data to the government, does not tell users about government data requests, does not publish transparency reports, does not publish law enforcement guidelines, and does not fight for users' privacy rights in court.

"Transparency reports have become an industry standard practice among major technology companies since we started issuing this report in 2011," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann. "Through those reports, we've learned more about law enforcement requests for user data. We publish this annual report to encourage companies to let users know how data flows to the government, and to encourage companies to stand up for their users."

This year, two companies - Twitter and Sonic.net - received a full six stars, while Verizon and MySpace earned no stars. Apple and AT&T scored one star for their participation in the Digital Due Process coalition but otherwise do little to protect your privacy.

Take a look at the full report at the link below...

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James Hoyland - May 2, 2013 at 6:04pm
The Government are are soo god damn bloody nosey they have no right to view our data plus its privet aswell plus apple shouldn't allow them to do it.
LikesPrivacy - May 2, 2013 at 4:43pm
If you cherish your privacy, you will want to keep an eye on the CISPA laws. The House of Representatives have already passed the new version that allows companies to give your private information to federal, state, and local officials without a warrant or court order, regardless of what they have promised in a terms of service or contract. The Senate is currently sitting on the bill and plans to pass their own version. It's important to contact your Senators and let them know how you feel about online privacy.
FukStupidGovernment - May 2, 2013 at 5:02pm
There is nothing new about this. Our government is in the worst state as it is. It's more corrupted than ever. Our civil and human rights are being robbed every day bit by bit. The government constantly invades our rights. Before we know it, this country will turn into the next Cuba. We went from true democracy to Obama's socialist policies. Now what's next?
Peter - May 2, 2013 at 8:22am
Francisco, wake up...! George Orwell...! Big Brother...if you have civil rights, you should be concerned when they are trampled on, governments and agencies always defend their actions citing public interest... yea right.
FukStupidGovernment - May 2, 2013 at 5:37pm
There is nothing new about this. Our government is in the worst state as it is. It's more corrupted than ever. Our civil and human rights are being robbed every day bit by bit. The government constantly invades our rights. Before we know it, this country will turn into the next Cuba. We went from true democracy to Obama's socialist policies. Now what's next? You and I know
Whathefock - May 2, 2013 at 1:30am
Where's Android and Blackberry in all of this?!
Francisco - May 1, 2013 at 11:19pm
People keep making a big deal about privacy. Unless ure a killer or thief and got something to hide then i see no prob in the government or anyone reading my texts/emails or seeing my pics... What could they possibly get from that? Just relax
bobdupa - May 2, 2013 at 2:12am
not necessarily government but corrupted employees could use it against you.
henreeG - May 2, 2013 at 2:10pm
Except you also pay for it with your taxes you f*cking idiot.
FukStupidGovernment - May 2, 2013 at 5:40pm
Being gay does not mean you have to be ignorant, Francisco! There is nothing new about this. Our government is in the worst state as it is. It's more corrupted than ever. Our civil and human rights are being robbed every day bit by bit. The government constantly invades our rights. Before we know it, this country will turn into the next Cuba. We went from true democracy to Obama's socialist policies. Now what's next?
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