Transparency reporting is one of the strongest ways for technology companies to disclose threats to user privacy and free expression. Such reports help users understand a company’s policies and safeguards against government abuses. Disclosures illuminate the scope and scale of online surveillance, internet shutdowns, content removal, and a host of other practices impacting our fundamental rights. Investors also look to these reports to ensure that companies are upholding their duty to respect human rights.
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Notably, we see stagnation in transparency reporting as the growth rate of companies publishing transparency reports has been decreasing persistently since 2013. As all companies become technology-based with possession of massive personal data, all should release transparency reports.
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Transparency Reporting Index
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