Telcos Singled Out for Prioritizing Government Requests for Data Over Privacy

July 11, 2017

Telecommunications giants don’t seem to have any interest in shaking their legacy of complicity with government requests for user data.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s latest Who Has Your Back report singles out AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Comcast as its lowest performers, saying that the providers’ policies prioritize government requests for user data over privacy.

The report evaluated 26 technology and telecommunications providers in five areas, including three new categories this year: public-facing policies that stand up to National Security Letter gag orders, promises not to exchange data with the government that extend outside its law enforcement guidelines, and support for reforms to Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act of 2008.

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