Do you worry about the data your internet service provider or cell phone company collects? Do you wonder why your social network censors a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph or breast feeding pictures, but not graphic rape jokes? Today, the research group Ranking Digital Rights released its second Corporate Accountability Index to help users better understand what companies are doing with your digital life.
The Index ranks 22 of the world’s largest telecom, internet, and mobile phone companies on their publicly disclosed commitments to freedom of expression and privacy. The report examines a range of corporate policies that describe such commitments, including terms of service, community guidelines on acceptable speech, privacy, and data collection policies. It also looks at how the firm responds to government requests for censorship and surveillance. Taken together, these policies affect at least half of the world’s 3.7 billion internet users.