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Which companies are best at keeping your personal info private?

Posted Sep 11, 2013 11:30 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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What are the United States’ most privacy friendly businesses, Forbes asks? That’s difficult to define, according to the piece, but Twitter, Salesforce and AmEx get high marks.

Criteria considered included whether the companies are transparent about how they use personal data they've collected; if they’ve suffered data breaches; and whether they’ve sold users' information.

The article also points to an Electronic Frontier Foundation list published annually, which focuses on how companies protect user data from the government. Points are received for requiring a warrant for content; publishing transparency reports; and fighting for privacy rights in court and Congress.

On the 2013 EFF list (PDF), Sonic.net and Twitter received five out of five stars. Comparatively, Apple, AT&T and Yahoo got one out of 5 stars and Verizon received no stars.

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