Do you choose companies based on how they respond to government demands for data?

jluppino

I actually do consider it, both personally and professionally. I don't buy that "if you don't have anything to hide" argument, if you can even call it an argument. "Absurd position" would be my preferred description. Just because I have nothing to hide doesn't mean I want strangers rummaging through my undie drawer. I use Dropbox, for example, in part because they have a good record of transparency about government demands. I am curious, do most other people even think about it?

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jimlynch
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No, I don't give it much thought at all. But if you're worried, just don't put any data online that could cause problems.

jack12
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Some companies are better than others. The EFF has an annual list of "Who has your Back" that lays out how major companies deal with government data request, including legal actions and lobbying efforts. I make it a point to consider this, and I think everyone else should if they have any interest in privacy and data security.

Christopher Nerney
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I don't think about it because if I did, I couldn't use the Internet. According to Electronic Frontier Foundation laywer Matt Zimmerman, “So far no one has really stood up for their users” among large Internet service providers."

 

Zimmerman told Bloomberg News that since the year 2000, the U.S. government has issued 300,000 National Security Letters to communications companies demanding private user data, with only four or five recipients challenging the letters (as Google did recently). 

 

 

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