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OTA Releases Consumer IoT Checklist

Tue, Oct 4, 2016

BELLEVUE, Wash. – In support of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) today released the OTA Consumer IoT Security & Privacy Checklist. The checklist contains steps consumers can take to help increase the security, privacy and safety of their connected home and wearable technologies, which are also referred to as Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  Download The Check List 

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

OTA Finds 100% of Recently Reported IoT Vulnerabilities Easily Avoidable

Thu, Sep 8, 2016

IoT devices could be used as weapons if security and privacy best practices are not followed

Online Trust Alliance Finds Majority of Native Ads Confusing

Wed, Aug 3, 2016

71% of Native Advertisements Fail To Provide Adequate Transparency

BELLEVUE, Wash. – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), the non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, today announced the results of its Native Advertising Assessment. The analysis of the native advertisements on the top 100 news websites found that 71 percent earned failing scores for disclosures, delineation and discoverability, thus not providing consumers the ability to easily discern editorial from ads.

Audit Finds Consumer Services Websites Have Best Security and Privacy Policies

Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Twitter and HealthCare.gov score highest in OTA’s analysis of 1,000 consumer websites

2016 Online Trust Audit Methodology Announced

Fri, Mar 4, 2016

Seattle, Washington - The Online Trust Alliance announced today the methodology for the forthcoming 2016 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll. This marks the eighth consecutive year OTA has conducted its Online Trust Audit report to identify responsible privacy and data security practices and recognize leaders in the public and private sectors.

OTA Releases IoT Trust Framework

Wed, Mar 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) today formally ratified and released the Internet of Things (IoT) Trust Framework. The Framework is the first global, multi-stakeholder effort to address IoT risks comprehensively including 30 principles providing guidance for device manufacturers and developers to enhance the security, privacy and sustainability of their devices and data they collect.

OTA Announces Search for Executive Director, Founder & Executive Spiezle to Become Chairman Driving Long-Term Strategy

Thu, Feb 25, 2016

Seattle – Today the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Board of Directors announced plans to recruit a new Executive Director to lead the organization into its second decade. Assuring the continuity of the organization, Founder and Executive Director Craig Spiezle will assume the role of Chairman of the Board when a new Executive Director is named.  As Chairman, Craig will assist in developing strategy and evangelizing on behalf of OTA.  

Online Trust Alliance Finds 46% of IRS Free E-File Tax Services Fail to Adequately Protect Consumers

Wed, Feb 24, 2016

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.

2016 Data Breach Guide - Significant Increase in Ransomware Extorting Businesses

Tue, Jan 26, 2016

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), today released its 2016 Data Protection and Breach Readiness Guide. The Guide, released in recognition of Data Privacy & Protection Day, provides prescriptive advice to help businesses optimize online privacy and security practices, and detect, contain and remediate the risk and impact of data loss incidents. OTA found that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting businesses with ransomware. 

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