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Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

OTA works to track the progress and adoption of best practices, while highlighting early adopters and "North Stars".  In 2009, OTA launched the Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll, which today is a comprehensive evaluation of a site's best practices in brand and consumer protection, security, and privacy.  Through a composite weighted scoring including over two dozen data points, sites that achieve a score of 80% or greater are named to the Honor Roll.

2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll News

  • 2018 Methodology - The Audit evaluates sites in three categories: consumer protection, site security and responsible privacy practices. Read the details here.

2017 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

(See past reports.)

The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance Announces Methodology for Tenth Annual Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

Thu, Aug 23, 2018

Reston, VA – August 23, 2018 – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an Internet Society initiative with the mission to enhance online trust, today released the methodology for the forthcoming 2018 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. This marks the tenth consecutive year OTA has conducted its Online Trust Audit, which promotes responsible online privacy and data security practices, and recognizes leaders in the public and private sectors who have embraced them.

OTA Requests Public Comments for 2018 Online Trust Audit Methodology

Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Reston, VA – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), an Internet Society initiative, today issued a call for public comments about criteria for inclusion in its 2018 Online Trust Audit. Now in its tenth year, the Audit is recognized as benchmark research evaluating responsible online privacy and data security practices of more than 1,000 consumer-facing organizations across the public and private sectors.

May 10, 2018
Computing

Smarthome vendor did the right thing says the Internet Society. Nest, the Google-owned manufacturer of home automation devices best known for its smart thermostat, has warned a customer of a password breach, urging him to change it and deploy two-factor authentication (2FA).

US Representatives DelBene and Langevin Receive the OTA's Cybersecurity, Privacy & Innovation Public Service Award

Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Washington, D.C. – The Online Trust Alliance, an Internet Society initiative with the mission to enhance online trust, today honored U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Jim Cong Jim Langevin (RI)Langevin (D-RI) with its Cybersecurity, Privacy & Innovation Public Service Award.

Jun 20, 2017
KOMO TV News

Banks and government agencies always push us to do business online, but many of them get a failing grade when it comes to website security.  The latest online security audit by the Online Trust Alliance shows mixed reviews for websites that collect your your private information.  Healthcare.gov scored high for both tight security and strong privacy. The U.S.

Jun 20, 2017
IAPP

The Online Trust Alliance has released the results of its ninth annual Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll, this year finding an overall increase in trustworthy websites, with some caveats. This year, 48 percent of news and media sites made the grade, the most significant improvement in the past year among all industries surveyed by the OTA. "This is a real comeback story," Spiezle said of the news and media industry.

2017 Online Trust Audit Methodology

Sep 15, 2016
Online Trust Alliance

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) issued a call for public comments on criteria for inclusion in the 201.7 Online Trust Audit. Now in its ninth year, the Audit is recognized as benchmark research for evaluating responsible  privacy and data security practices of over 1,000 consumer facing sites across the public and private sectors.

Online Trust Alliance Requests Public Comment for 2017 Online Trust Audit Methodology

Wed, Sep 14, 2016

Annual trust assessment recognizes companies’ commitment to security & privacy

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