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The 3 worst companies at protecting your data

The 3 worst companies at protecting your data
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When it comes to keeping your data secure, not all businesses are created equal. That's why the Electronic Frontier Foundation created a report card to let you know how well popular tech companies are protecting your data from government snoops.

It looked at all sorts of businesses, from cell service providers to gadget manufacturers, and the results are quite surprising.

According to the EFF,

Congress ... dragged its feet on halting the NSA’s indiscriminate surveillance of online communications and has yet to enact the strong reforms we deserve. Congress is even on the precipice of making things far worse, considering proposals that would mandate government backdoors into the technology we rely on to digitally communicate.

The EFF judged companies based on 5 basic criteria: Follows Industry Accepted Best Practices, Tells Users About Government Data Demands, Discloses Policies on Data Retention, Discloses Government Content Removal Requests, and Pro-user Public Policy: opposes backdoors.

The EFF took a look at 24 companies in total, and three stood out as the worst at protecting your data. Who are the culprits? That would be AT&T, Verizon and WhatsApp. AT&T and WhatsApp only met one of the EFF's criteria, and Verizon met two.

The report wasn't all bad news, though. Nine companies received five-star ratings from EFF. Adobe, Apple, CREDO, Dropbox, Sonic, Wickr, Wikimedia, WordPress.com and Yahoo each met all five pieces of the EFF's data security criteria. You can see every single company's results in the EFF's chart below, and you can access the full report here to read about how your favorite companies faired.

EFFThis chart from the EFF reports how well top tech companies are protecting your data from government intrusion.

Reports like this are important, because they provide transparency and let you know how your data is being handled, so you can make informed decisions about which companies you want to use.

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