Apr
01
2015

April Spotlight Events — London Event, IAPP Intensive, RSA Conference & More

PrivacyInsight
  • April 9th, 9-10 a.m. PT

Preparing for the EU Data Protection Regulation Webinar

This fourth webinar in the Privacy Insight Series is titled, “Preparing for the EU Data Protection Regulation.” The webinar will cover key changes in the current draft of the General Data Protection Regulation, how those changes will impact businesses and steps businesses can take to have a plan in place in order to comply. Speakers include John Bowman, Senior Principal at Promontory and former lead negotiator for the UK on the regulation at the DAPIX working group in Brussels; Christian Wiese Svanberg, Attorney-at-Law, Plesner, former Danish Ministry of Justice; Josh Harris, Director of Policy at TRUSTe; and Steve Wright, Chief Privacy Officer at Unilever.

 

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Apr
01
2015

Meet TRUSTe: Tim Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer

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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: Tim Sullivan

Job Title: CFO

How long have you worked at TRUSTe? 5 years

Tell us about your role at TRUSTe: I manage the Finance, HR, IT, Compliance, Legal and Policy teams at TRUSTe.

What do you think most people would be surprised to know about data privacy?  Most people would be surprised to know how complicated the management of a company’s data actually is. I deal in corporate and HR data every day, as well as monitor our data security practices via the IT team. It is crystal clear to me just how difficult a task it is to control internal data flows and ensure ongoing compliance with internal and external requirements.  TRUSTe is the first company to offer automated ways to help privacy professionals get a handle on the vast amount of data.

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Apr
01
2015

Parents Concerned About Kids’ Privacy But Still Post Pictures and Help Kids Register for Websites

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Our latest survey of U.S. and British parents of pre-teen children uncovered some contradictory responses and actions related to their children’s online privacy.

According to this survey, parents say they’re concerned about their children’s online privacy, yet the majority of parents post pictures of their kids to social media websites, and nearly a quarter of both American and British parents say they have helped their child set up an account on a website that requires that children be older than 13.

And 66% of British parents and 69% of American parents surveyed said they post pictures of their children online.

Conversely, both British and American parents said they are concerned about their child’s privacy online (54 and 58 percent, respectively). One quarter of U.S. parents (24 percent) and British parents (25 percent) said they do not allow their children under the age of 13 to use the Internet due to concerns about their child’s online privacy.

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Mar
31
2015

Using Privacy Engineering To Make Your Company More ‘Likeable’

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By Alexandra Ross, The Privacy Guru

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Privacy Innovations & Technology event, “Demystifying Privacy Engineering” hosted at the TRUSTe offices. In a lively session, we discussed the basics of Privacy by Design (PbD) and Privacy Engineering, including examples of how to implement Privacy Engineering, career opportunities as a privacy engineer, and how Privacy Engineering can be used as a competitive advantage.

 

At this year’s SXSW, Deepti Rohatgi, head of policy at Lookout, a cybersecurity company, encouraged developers to think about privacy as a product. Lookout, which offers an open source privacy policy generator, believes in the measurable impact of privacy engineering. Lookout recommended A/B testing of thoughtfully designed privacy policies and features, and encouraged the use of privacy engineering to increase customer trust and a company’s overall “likeability.”

Should this idea be revolutionary? Perhaps not, but it’s a departure from how many developers and tech executives regard privacy practices. The era of “bolt on” and stop-gap privacy patching is coming to an end. The stakes are high, as users are growing increasingly more aware of privacy issues.

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Mar
30
2015

Panel Discussion: The Intersection of Security and Privacy

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You’re invited to attend the next Women in Security and Privacy group meet-up where a panel will discuss, “Security Meets Privacy” – a discussion on the intersection of information security and privacy. The event takes place on April 1st from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Price Waterhouse Coopers, located at 3 Embarcadero Center #20, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Security and privacy go hand-in-hand when it comes to building secure online tools that consumers can trust with their information. However, security and privacy are different ideas. Security relates to the protection of personal information from threats, such as hackers, while privacy encompasses how personal data is collected, managed, stored and shared. At TRUSTe, we deal with privacy but it is very much intertwined with security. Companies today are realizing the importance to both, since business impact remains high if these issues are sidelined.

Panelists will include Sibley Bacon, Director of Engineering at Google; Malita Barkataki, Privacy Compliance Director at Yahoo!; Kristy Edwards, expert in Enterprise Security, Cloud and HealthIT; and Bhavana Nathani, Manager of Cybersecurity and Privacy at PwC.

The Women in Security and Privacy group was created to bring female privacy and security professionals together to share ideas, network and listen to guest speakers. Stay current with future events by visiting the group’s Eventbrite page, and join-in the ongoing discussion on the group’s LinkedIn page.

Please RSVP to reserve your spot at this upcoming event.

Mar
27
2015

TRUSTe a ‘Best Places to Work 2015’ Finalist

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The San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal released the finalists of its “Best Places to Work 2015” list, representing the best in the entire Bay Area. The final winners will be announced on April 14th.

There are a total of five categories based on company size. TRUSTe is a finalist amongst companies with 100-249 employees. TRUSTe has been recognized by SF Business Times specifically for providing a wide range of employee benefits including vacation raffles to promote work/life balance as well as referral bonuses.

“The rankings celebrate outstanding companies whose employees rate them as the best in the Greater Bay Area,” writes Julia Cooper, researcher at the San Francisco Business Times.

“We’re thrilled to be included as a finalist in SF Business Times’ Best Places to Work in 2015 list,” said TRUSTe CEO Chris Babel. “At TRUSTe, we’ve created a collaborative environment where employees are encouraged to share new ideas and make an impact – all while maintaining a positive work/life balance. This not only allows us to offer our clients the best possible products and services, but it also empowers employees and creates a fulfilling work environment for our team.”

Looking to make a career move? Check out TRUSTe’s current job openings.

 

 

Mar
27
2015

End-of-Month-Recap: What You Might Have Missed

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At the end of each month we’ll compile a list featuring some of the most informative and interesting privacy blog posts to let you know what topics are driving the privacy agenda this month.

TRUSTe is launching Enterprise Privacy Certification for general availability on April 1st, 2015. This new offering consolidates five separate privacy services – TRUSTed Websites, TRUSTed Apps, TRUSTed Cloud, US-EU Safe Harbor Prep and APEC into one comprehensive Certification package. The new Enterprise Privacy Certification will enable companies to demonstrate broader privacy compliance across the company rather than focusing on individual websites, apps or cloud platforms.

New TRUSTe Certification Available to Demonstrate Privacy Compliance Across the Enterprise

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Mar
25
2015

Meet TRUSTe: Heidi Berger, Director, Product Management

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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: Heidi K. Berger, CIPP/US

Job Title: Director, Product Management

How long have you worked at TRUSTe? 11 years! (I started on March 17, 2004).

Tell us about your role at TRUSTe: My career at TRUSTe started as a Client Services Manager directly supporting our Enterprise customers. Back in 2004 there were only 18 employees in the entire company and only three of us in client services! I soon began managing the department and was fortunate enough to build strong client services and support teams in San Francisco and Cebu, Philippines with about 35 people servicing 4,000 customers. I had the amazing experience of helping to successfully transition our business from non-profit to for-profit so we could continue to invest in technology that is so vital to staying ahead of quickly evolving data privacy threats. Now I get to help develop, create and improve our products!

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