Update and Correction: Myspace Gains Three Stars in EFF’s "Who Has Your Back?" Report
Today, we’re pleased to announce that we are revising our third-annual “Who Has Your Back?” report to award Myspace three stars.
Since the publication of our 2013 report, which did not grant Myspace any stars, the company has reached out to us and noted that in our review of Myspace’s website we missed some key information. First, Myspace pointed out their previously published law enforcement guidelines. Because those guidelines are publicly available, and because they require a warrant for the content of communications, we have amended our report to give Myspace the two relevant stars. EFF had previously received Myspace’s law enforcement guidelines via a FOIA request to the government, but for purposes of the Who Has Your Back report, we only count companies who make those guidelines available on their website so their customers can find them.
In addition, the company separately provided evidence to us that Myspace has gone to court to protect its users against a government request for user content in a 2007 Pennsylvania case in which they resisted a 28 U.S.C. § 2703(d) order that purported to seek user content. With this, Myspace earns its third star for fighting for users’ rights in the courts.
Overall, we’re happy to award Myspace these three additional stars and hope that other companies will take up the challenge.