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2017 Corporate Accountability Index on digital rights reveals cos. do not disclose enough information to users

Author: Ranking Digital Rights (USA), Published on: 26 September 2017

"Ranking Digital Rights: 2017 Corporate Accountability Index", 20 Sep 2017

Together, the companies evaluated...offer products and services...used by at least half of the world’s 3.7 billion internet usersWe regret to report that companies do not disclose enough information to...users about policies and practices affecting freedom of expression and privacy. As a result, most of the world’s internet users lack the information they need to make informed choices. Company disclosure is inadequate across the board. [T]he average score...was just 33 percent. The highest score...was 65 percent overall. While examples of good practice can be found across the Index, all companies failed to sufficiently disclose policies affecting users’ freedom of expression and privacy. Even the better performing companies had significant gaps... [M]any companies made meaningful improvements since the 2015 Index. Google and Microsoft were the only companies...to score more than 60 percent overall... Google's lead...narrowed since 2015, while Microsoft moved from third to second place... When companies work together and with stakeholders to implement human rights commitments, they can make a real difference. [M]any of the top-scoring companies...are members of either the Global Network Initiative or the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue, organizations whose...members commit to uphold...freedom of expression and privacy. [Refers to Apple, AT&T, Kakao, Samsung, Telefonica, Vodafone].

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Related companies: Alphabet América Movil Apple AT&T Axiata Baidu Bharti Airtel Etisalat Facebook Google (part of Alphabet) Kakao Corp Mail.ru Microsoft MTN Ooredoo Orange Samsung Telefónica Tencent Twitter Verizon Vodafone Yahoo! (part of Verizon)