#ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Being #PrivacyAware is Good for Business

January 17, 2017

Data Privacy Day aims to educate and empower individuals and businesses to respect privacy, safeguard data, and enable trust. TED-style talks and interviews will highlight the latest privacy issues for consumers and businesses. This year TRUSTe will be participating in a Twitter chat about how to boost business by respecting consumer data privacy. Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 3 p.m. EST/noon PST. Topic: Consumers are paying closer attention to the value of their personal information and how to manage their privacy. To build trust, businesses must address customers’ preferences, needs and concerns about privacy by being transparent about their collection, … Continue reading #ChatSTC Twitter Chat: Being #PrivacyAware is Good for Business

Industry Leaders Discuss Impact of EU GDPR at ‘EU Data Protection 2015 – Regulation Meets Innovation’

December 09, 2015

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Privacy professionals, EU regulatory experts and Silicon Valley business leaders convened on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to discuss the impact of the soon-to-come EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR).

The all-day event on Tuesday, “EU Data Protection 2015 – Regulation Meets Innovation” featured six breakout sessions, four panel discussions and keynote presentations from Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor and Andrea Glorioso, Counsellor for the Digital Economy, EU Delegation to the U.S.

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IoT Summit Session: ‘Protecting Your Home from IoT Bandits’

June 16, 2015

Leading up to the second annual IoT Privacy Summit on June 17th we’ll be featuring a series of blog posts about the panels and speakers at the upcoming event. It’s finally here! The 2nd Annual IoT Privacy Summit 2015 is this Wednesday in Silicon Valley. We look forward to all the interesting and timely IoT topics that’ll be discussed in the numerous panels, as well as meeting a wide variety of people working in privacy in some capacity. During the past couple weeks we’ve been sharing some details about the panels attendees at the Summit will have the opportunity to … Continue reading IoT Summit Session: ‘Protecting Your Home from IoT Bandits’

Privacy Meetup This Week, Plus Data Privacy Day Events

January 19, 2015

Meetup Event: “Science-Fact: How Modern Scientific Advances Will Impact Individual Privacy”  Privacy and security professionals are invited to attend a Meetup hosted by the Privacy & Technology Group (sponsored by TRUSTe) on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 6-8 p.m. From 6-6:30 there will be networking and refreshments, then from 6:30-7:30 p.m. two guest speakers will discuss the topic of the evening – “How modern scientific advances will impact individual privacy.” Speakers are Stephen Wu, Of Counsel at Silicon Valley Law Group, and Steven Teppler, Attorney at Abbott Law Group, P.A. The event will be held at the TRUSTe office located at … Continue reading Privacy Meetup This Week, Plus Data Privacy Day Events

Meet TRUSTe: Ken Okumura, VP Engineering

January 14, 2015

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 

Name: Ken Okumura 

Job title: VP Engineering

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: 5 years

Describe your current role, how this role has changed over time and your current projects: I am responsible for managing engineering and operations infrastructure at TRUSTe. I have held this position since I started here. Although my responsibilities have largely remained the same, the scope of my work has grown from evolving our core product and service offerings to building a new set of products and services that still revolve around privacy but due to market demands have steered us to expanding beyond our certification services. Not only has the scope of our business grown in the past 5 years but our human resources reach has extended globally as well. Collaborating with the rest of our engineering team in the Philippines has allowed us to gain efficiencies in development that we would not have otherwise been able to achieve in San Francisco alone.

What do you like most about working here?: I really enjoy exploring new ways to solve problems that haven’t already been solved by others or in ways that others may have not thought about before. It’s really inspiring to see people within the company rallying around an idea and running at full speed to realize it. When others see what you see and are excited to work toward that goal, it becomes contagious. TRUSTe has been fortunate to have a lot of exceptional people who share that passion.

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Meet TRUSTe: Ray Everett, Director of Product Management & Principal Consultant

January 07, 2015

Our latest series will introduce you to a new TRUSTe employee every week to give you an inside look at the talented, knowledgeable and friendly people who work at TRUSTe. 

Name: Ray Everett

Job title: Principal Consultant and Director of Product for Compliance Solutions

How long have you worked at TRUSTe?: 9 months.

What did you do prior to working at TRUSTe? Prior to TRUSTe, I managed advertising and search privacy issues at Yahoo!, and before that was general manager of the privacy monitoring service at Keynote Systems. All told, I have nearly 20 years of privacy experience, including over a decade of privacy-related consulting for more than two dozen Global 2000 corporations and numerous start-up ventures.

Describe your current role and how your career in privacy has changed over time: My interest in privacy began in the mid-1990s when I became involved in an incident that became somewhat legendary in early Internet lore: the infamous “Green Card Spam” wars of 1994 (chronicled here). Those early battles over the appropriate ways to advertise on the Internet sparked my curiosity around how this evolving medium could be used — and abused. While attending law school, I hoped to learn more about privacy, but at that point most privacy law was still very much centered around issues like paparazzi stalking the rich and famous and peeping toms harassing average folk. As I became more deeply involved in law and policy issues around Internet privacy, I was appointed as the first US Corporate Chief Privacy Officer for an early behavioral advertising network called AllAdvantage, where we had to build a complex browser plug-in to enable the kind of targeting and ad delivery capabilities that are intrinsic to today’s basic web experience.

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