Ranking Digital Rights: Internet & telecommunications companies ranked on freedom of expression & privacy

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Author: Delphine Cuny, L'Obs et Rue 89 (France)

« Google protégerait mieux vos « droits numériques » que Facebook », 4 novembre 2015

Le meilleur garant de la liberté d’expression et du respect de la vie privée en ligne serait donc Google  ? C’est ce qu’il ressort d’un classement établi après plus de deux ans d’études par le groupe de réflexion New America Foundation… Ce « Ranking Digital Rights » attribue dans l’ensemble de mauvaises notes aux seize géants du Web et des télécoms passés au crible, en particulier à Facebook…Cette initiative à but non lucratif, [est] destinée à promouvoir la liberté d’expression et le respect de la vie privée – «  des droits de l’homme qui s’étendent au champ numérique  »…Le classement s’appuie sur différents standards tels que les « principes directeurs relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l’homme  » de l’ONU et les grands engagements de la Global Network Initiative…«…Nous espérons que cet index conduira à plus de transparence de la part des entreprises, ce qui peut donner le pouvoir aux utilisateurs de faire des choix éclairés dans la façon dont ils se servent des technologies. » [a déclaré la directrice du projet]…[Fait aussi référence à AT&T, Axiata, Etisalat, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Orange, Vodafone, Yahoo]

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3 November 2015

"If this was a test, nearly everyone failed": how tech giants deny your digital rights

Author: Sam Thielman, Guardian (UK)

Your rights around your own information are too often ignored, said MacKinnon and her team. With large-scale data theft in the news nearly every day, consumers are starting to realize that it’s vital to understand how businesses agree to treat that data. Corporate disclosure notices and user agreements are written for regulators and tech lawyers. How can normal people make informed choices?...If censorship and privacy are simply left to corporate discretion, the results can be devastating. Yahoo settled out of court in 2007 after a human rights group sued the company for outing a Chinese dissident who was subsequently tortured...AT&T made domestic spying possible – and easy – over decades of collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA), a partnership revealed by Edward Snowden...MacKinnon wants to see users protected by commitments to generally agreed-upon universal digital rights. But there are impediments to that progress and they aren’t all simple self-interest: legal obligations prevent tech companies from disclosing vital information...The companies investigated by the index scored universally low on one important privacy metric: how well they inform consumers whether their information has been turned over to a government...

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3 November 2015

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4 November 2015

Ranking Digital Rights 2015 Corporate Accountability Index finds there are "no winners"

Author: Rebecca Mackinnon, Ranking Digital Rights

The Ranking Digital Rights 2015 Corporate Accountability Index shines a needed spotlight on corporate practices around freedom of expression and privacy.  We found that many of the world’s most powerful Internet and telecommunications companies fail to disclose key information about practices affecting users’ rights...For the inaugural Index, Ranking Digital Rights analyzed a representative group of 16 companies that collectively hold the power to shape the digital lives of billions of people across the globe. Leading global ESG research and ratings provider, Sustainalytics, co-developed the methodology...Overall, Google ranked highest among Internet companies, while the U.K.-based Vodafone ranked highest among telecommunications companies, despite significant deficiencies...[Refers to América Movil, AT&T, Axiata, Bharti Airtel, Etisalat, Facebook, Google, Kakao, Mail.ru, Microsoft, MTN, Orange, Tencent, Twitter, Vodafone, Yahoo!]

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