The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has named Twitter as the best consumer-facing website for personal information protection. The non-profit has released the results of its 2016 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in consumer protection, data security and responsible privacy practices.
Consumer services websites are improving their privacy practices while news sites need vast improvements. That’s according to Tuesday’s release of the 8th annual Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. Conducted by the Online Trust Alliance, this wide-ranging audit looks at nearly 1,000 consumer-facing websites to assess their consumer protections, privacy practices, and data security.
The eighth annual Honor Roll from the nonprofit Online Trust Alliance measures and scores a broad series of benchmark practices for privacy, security and consumer protection. The 50 top federal government websites have improved very slightly overall this year on a scorecard of security, privacy and consumer protection measures, but more than half still got a failing grade, according to the Online Trust Alliance's 2016 Honor Roll.&nbs
Twitter finished atop the 2016 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll list of highest scoring websites in terms of consumer protection, data security and privacy, according to the Online Trust Alliance. Pinterest and Instagram were the other social networks to crack the OTA’s top 10.
The burgeoning market for gadgets that trigger a sprinkler system, help you count the number of times you swing a bat, or dim the lights automatically are rising. That’s a concern for any business due to how these devices are also starting to show up at the corporate office for use in conference rooms, executive suites, and even as a low-cost building security camera system.
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) today announced the results of its 2016 IRS Free E-File Audit & Honor Roll. The audit evaluates the privacy, security and consumer protection practices of the thirteen IRS-approved free e-filing tax services. After an assessment based on nearly 50 criteria, standards and internationally accepted privacy practices, six of the 13 websites, or 46 percent, failed due to poor site security and not taking steps to help protect consumers from fraudulent and malicious email. Conversely, the sites that performed specifically well received an "Honor Roll" status.
Once again OTA is an Associaton Sponsor of the RSA Conference. Join us and other OTA member conference sponsors Agari, Malwarebytes, Microsoft and Symantec in San Francisco. Many other OTA members will be exhibiting as well. When sessions involving OTA and member organizations are announced, we will highlight them. When you register, be sure to note you are a member of OTA.
The past six months we have witnessed an un-paralleled level of questionable business practices resulting from data breaches. As trusted brands, Uber as well as Equifax and others, who have been entrusted with significant amounts of personal data have failed the American public. The breach missteps and follies only continue. Each time most within the security and privacy communities have rolled our eyes in disbelieve.
Today we released the 9th annual Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. This year’s Audit is our most comprehensive ever, assessing more than 1000 consumer-facing sites for their adoption of best practices in consumer/brand protection, site security and responsible privacy practices.
By some accounts, there are more than 200 variants of ad-blocking solutions, many of which utilize whitelisting that allows certain ads through when they adhere to specific rules. While an ad blocker that doesn’t block all ads may sound like an oxymoron, I argue that whitelisting may be critical for the long-term sustainability of ad-supported services.