Poll: Amazon most trusted Internet company

Facebook, Foresquare At Bottom Of List

Published On: Oct 22 2012 10:46:31 AM CDT
Internet Privacy

By THELAW.TV

Microsoft changed its privacy policy for its online services this week, much to the chagrin of some online privacy advocates. The changes are similar to those made by Google earlier this year. They essentially allow Microsoft to share user information among its different platforms.

When you upload your content to the services, you agree that it may be used, modified, adapted, saved, reproduced, distributed, and displayed to the extent necessary to protect you and to provide, protect and improve Microsoft products and services.

- From Microsoft's new privacy policy

According to a poll of 400 Internet users conducted by THELAW.TV, both companies -- Microsoft and Google -- don't have much leeway with consumers in regard to privacy, and they trail far behind e-commerce giant Amazon on privacy trust.

THELAW.TV, the largest website with video-based legal content, surveyed Americans on their trust levels of 13 widely used websites and software companies. The respondents were asked how much they trust each company with their private data, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most-trustworthy and 1 being the least-trustworthy. Here are the results:

  1. Amazon 8.07
  2. PayPal 7.42
  3. Apple 6.54
  4. Microsoft 6.54
  5. Google 6.51
  6. Netflix 6.46
  7. Dropbox 5.45
  8. LinkedIn 5.09
  9. Evernote 4.23
  10. Pinterest 4.11
  11. Twitter 3.97
  12. Facebook 3.70
  13. Foresquare 3.03

"This data shows that consumers are more trusting of long-established Internet companies, and less trusting of both the newer companies and the social networking sites," says Brian Albert, attorney and founder of legal information website THELAW.TV. "Our data validates the age-old adage that trust takes years to build."

The THELAW.TV survey was conducted using a demographically balanced internet-based survey of 400 American adults and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 4.9 percent.