WhatsApp damned over government access
The EEF i.e. Electronic Frontier Foundation has damned WhatsApp which is a mobile messaging app which was bought by Facebook last year. They did this because of not acquiring a warrant from governments searching user information and also for not opening its policies on rotating over data and also because of some other issues etc.
The censure was in a yearly report estimating how well internet companies protect their users’ data against government prying.
In the fifth annual report of ‘Who Has Your Back’ the EFF said about whatsApp that it has been approved none of the better practices as they have identified.
It was the first year that EFF enclosed an app which states it has grown up to 800 million active users monthly.
Whatsapp and Facebook bought up the app for $US22 billion in 2014, it didn’t instantly respond to requests for comment.
The unsuccessful EFF plans a mission named ‘defending civil liberties in the digital world’ which ranks the telecom firms, social media platform and other internet companies on how can they holds government requests according to 5 criteria for data. It is based on giving a star for everyone.
* Adopting industry-accepted best practices;
* Disclosing data retention policies;
* Disclosing government data requests;
* Disclosing governments’ content removal requests;
* Opposing requests for “backdoor” vulnerabilities governments could access.
The report given by WhatsApp acclaim only for the last criterion and the EFF commend Facebook for that by stating that WhatsApp does get award for public position of Facebook which is opposing by back doors and they also praise Facebook for that.
Facebook also scored well in the report by earning four out of five stars but EFF also report that it had been found out for a year that Facebook is co-operating with the US prisons to block the access of prisoners on the social networking sites.
Some other companies received the highest rating i.e. five stars such as Apple, Adobe system, Dropbox, Credo Mobile, the Wikimedia Foundation, Yahoo, WordPress and Sonic.net.
The US telecom service AT & T is the only other which received the one-star rating by earning credit only for adopting basic standards of the Industry. AT & T didn’t respond immediately to request for comment.