Even though the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 put out some low level restrictions when it came to accessing private data, some big name companies are going the extra mile for their customers. Through their own statements to The Hill, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook are all claiming that they require warrants to hand over private data.
As The Verge points out:
Google's most recent transparency report, which revealed that 68 percent of the data requests the company receives from government entities come in the form of subpoenas that may not require a full warrant. Although Google's policy is to require a warrant for the content of an email, it still may produce some sort of data in response to ECPA requests — in fact, 88 percent of the time, it did just that.
It's good to know that they're looking out for our privacy. Supposedly.
[via The Verge]
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