The 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index evaluated 24 of the world’s most powerful internet, mobile ecosystem, and telecommunications companies on their publicly disclosed commitments and policies affecting freedom of expression and privacy. The results were publicized mid May. Two CORDI researchers, Outi Puukko and Jockum Hilden, participated in the research process.
The key findings include:
- Privacy: Companies still do not adequately inform people about all the ways user information is collected and shared, with whom, and why.
- Expression: As companies struggle to curb extremism, hate speech, and disinformation, most lacked transparency about how they police content or respond to government demands.
- Governance: Most companies failed to anticipate and manage privacy and expression risks caused by their business models, and by the deployment of new technologies.
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The project behind the index, Ranking Digital Rights (RDR), works to promote freedom of expression and privacy on the internet by creating global standards and incentives for companies to respect and protect users’ rights.RDR does this by ranking the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on relevant commitments and policies, based on international human rights standards. The project works with companies as well as advocates, researchers, investors, and policymakers to establish and advance global standards for corporate accountability.