The State of Online Privacy 2016

January 28, 2016

The TRUSTe/National Cyber Security Alliance U.S. Consumer Privacy Index reveals the extent of current consumer privacy concerns with more Americans concerned about not knowing how the personal information collected about them online is used than losing their principal source of income. Released today, to coincide with the ninth Data Privacy Day (#PrivacyAware), the study found that online privacy concerns topped the loss of personal income by 11 percentage points, despite only 3 in 10 Americans understanding how companies share their personal information. The business impact of consumers’ privacy concerns remains high with 89% avoiding companies they don’t believe protect their … Continue reading The State of Online Privacy 2016

Will the new COPPA Rules Effect TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor Program?

December 19, 2012

Jim Rennie
Sr. Product Counsel | TRUSTe

Today, the FTC announced new amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules.  COPPA focuses on the collection and use of data concerning children under the age of 13.  COPPA was first enacted in 2000, the new rule amendments are intended to update the law and bring it in line with current technologies and practices.  The new rules go into effect July 1, 2013.

TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor program has been a leading compliance solution for companies seeking to serve the needs of children and their parents online.

As a leader in online privacy compliance, TRUSTe has always strived to set a bar for certification that is above the bare minimum required.  This philosophy helps to smooth the transition sparked by rule changes such as this one, as many of the changes are already incorporated into TRUSTe’s program requirements and our best practice recommendations.

For example: under the new rules, geolocation data will be considered Personal Information which may not be collected without parental consent.  Not only has TRUSTe required geolocation data to be treated as Personal Information for several years, we have also required transmission of such information be encrypted in order to enhance consumer safety.

Similarly, under the new rules unique identifiers such as mobile device IDs and IP addresses are considered Personal Information.  TRUSTe has been advising our client for some time that our understanding of Personal Information includes exactly these types of identifiers. Read more “Will the new COPPA Rules Effect TRUSTe’s COPPA Safe Harbor Program?”

Microsoft & Yahoo!: Commitment to Transparency and Accountability

July 29, 2009

Finally! From business and market perspective, the announced deal between Yahoo and Microsoft make sense. While questions of sharing and data retention have been raised from a privacy perspective, I’m pleased that an initial review of the privacy program elements that our sealholders Yahoo! and Microsoft have put forward, represent a strong awareness of the importance of consumer privacy protections and a commitment to transparency and accountability. As a privacy advisor through nearly a decade on matters of consumer notices and privacy policies, I’m aware of extensive discussions that have taken place to clearly delineate limits to use of data … Continue reading Microsoft & Yahoo!: Commitment to Transparency and Accountability