Google slipped in the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) privacy ratings for the first time, earning three out of five stars. The company had a perfect score of five stars in 2014, and some of the best scores in the tech industry for the three earlier years in which the EFF issued its report.
Microsoft also earned three stars, down from five stars. The EFF dinged Microsoft for not making clear its data retention policies and disclosing what government content removal requests it receives.
What does WhatsApp lack? The EFF said Facebook's subsidiary should publicly require a warrant before turning over user content, publish a law enforcement guide and transparency report, have a stronger policy of informing users of government requests, and disclose its data retention policies. WhatsApp does get credit for Facebook's public position opposing back doors.
Ironically, Facebook received four stars, down from five in 2014. Some companies this year including Adobe, Apple, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Sonic, Wikimedia, Wordpress, and Yahoo received five stars, according to the report.