EFF Scorecard Spotlights Recent Evolutions In Data Privacy
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's privacy scorecard has evolved over the years, just as tech firms' data practices have.By Evan Thomas | June 19, 2015
This week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation released its 2015 privacy scorecard, which ranks tech companies based on their privacy practices.
Companies are awarded stars based on five criteria: adherence to data best practices, including requiring a warrant for requested data and self-publishing transparency reports; disclosure of government requests for data; disclosure of their own data retention policies, disclosure of government data removal requests; and opposition to government backdoors in encryption or other data security measures.
Apple, Dropbox and the Wikimedia Foundation were among the nine companies on the five-star short list. It's an accomplishment, considering these are tougher standards than those the EFF used when it launched the scorecard in 2011. (Video via Apple, Dropbox)