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Telecom Agencies Are Failing to Meet Human Rights Requirements According to This Report

Human rights is an aspect of every single industry, and the telecom industry is no different. In spite of the fact that this is the case, it turns out that most telecom companies are failing to deliver on the commitments that they have made in the past. Twelve different companies were analyzed and ranked in the recent Ranking Digital Rights report called the Telco Giants Scorecard. This study has shown that even the best performing companies are getting dismally low scores with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The company with the best score on this list, Telefonica based in Spain, managed to get just 57 points out a maximum 100. Their participation in user tracking resulted in them losing a lot of points, and it is quite startling to see that most other companies are failing to measure up to even their rather low bar.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the only US telecom provider included in this report did quite poorly as well. The telecom company in question is AT&T, and they managed to get a score of just 40. That has lot to do with them retaining information pertaining to cell phone locations for as long as five years, which might make users less safe than might have been the case otherwise.

The company that rounded off the list with an abominable 9 points out of 100 was the Qatar based Ooreedo. They lack a lot of the transparency that other companies have to offer, and they are also notorious for collaborating with governments who are trying to restrict communications for their citizens. Ooreedo has also sold off some of its subsidiaries without wiping customer data, which is dangerous because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up leading to personal and private data ending up in the wrong hands.

None of the companies included in this report received a passing grade. That reveals the sorry state of human rights in the telecom industry.


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