Study: Apple Definitely Doesn’t Have Your Back
Though Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has some of the world’s most loyal customers, it’s safe to say the company won’t return the favor. Apple ranked among the worst in a report titled, “Who Has Your Back?” just released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a watchdog group that studies consumer privacy issues.
Out of the six possible ways Apple could protect its customers from law enforcement intrusions into information, the company failed on five. The results were disturbing: Apple won’t require a warrant for investigators to access your content; won’t tell you when the government tries to access information; doesn’t publish its transparency policy; doesn’t publish the guidelines dictated by law enforcement; and, most damningly, won’t show up in court to defend a user’s rights. The study noted that Apple would show up on Capitol Hill to testify before Congress regarding user rights.
In effect, the study reveals that Apple is happy to look good on TV when fighting for users’ rights, but is quick to anonymously sell out its customer base when authorities believe they have a right to access your personal content. In all fairness, Apple did have plenty of company in the category of least protection offered to its customers…