If you're concerned about privacy it may be time to re-evaluate messaging platforms. WhatsApp flunked the “Who Has Your Back?” test from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the annual assessment that scores companies based on how well they protect user data from censorship and surveillance.
“We were very optimistic they'd get policies and procedures in place after the Facebook acquisition,” he said. “Facebook is lawyered up and they know how to create these policies. WhatsApp didn't, and that's disappointing.”
Apple was one of nine companies that earned full marks from the digital rights groups. Newcomer Reddit earned four stars, and Google slipped from five stars in 2014 to three.
The EFF awarded stars based on whether the company follows industry-accepted best practices, tells users about government data demands, discloses policies on data retention, discloses government content removal requests and whether it has a pro-user public policy and opposes surveillance backdoors.
WhatsApp earned a star only for opposing surveillance backdoors, a kind of security hole the FBI has asked Congress to enact into law. AT&T follows industry-accepted best practices and Verizon Wireless earned two stars for disclosing content removal requests and following best practices. Adobe, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Sonic.net, Wikimedia, WordPress and Yahoo! each earned five starts, along with Apple.