Twitter and Sonic.net took top scores in a new Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF) report rating tech companies' stewardship of users' personal data and their willingness to hand over data to the government. The two companies got high marks on each of the EFF's six privacy best practices categories, which include things like "require a warrant for content," "tell users about government data demands," and "publish transparency reports."
On the other end of the scale were Verizon, AT&T and Apple. Verizon failed to get a star in even one category, while AT&T and Apple earned just one apiece.
Many of us are just now coming to grips with the depth and breadth of our personal data that we've given online, and that is stored in the servers of Internet companies. If someone could piece together all of our social, search, demographic, financial, travel and email data, they could make a startlingly accurate composite of us.
Right now the entity most likely to be able to put together such a composite is the federal government. That's why it's extremely important that the web companies with which we do business actively protect our data, handing it over only if the requester has a very good reason for seeing it.