Dallas, TX — June 11, 2014 — Epsilon, the global leader in delivering direct-to-consumer connections that drive business performance, today announced that for the third consecutive year it is a recipient of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) 2014 Online Trust Honor Roll for demonstrating exceptional privacy and security.
OTA is a non-profit organization with the mission to enhance online trust while promoting innovation, the vitality and integrity of online services and commerce. Committed to collaborating throughout the ecosystem, OTA’s goal is to help educate businesses, policymakers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users' security, privacy and identity. OTA supports public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. OTA supporters include leaders in public policy, technology, ecommerce, social networks, mobile, email and interactive marketing, financial institutions, service providers, government agencies and industry organizations.
"It is an honor to once again be recognized by the Online Trust Alliance for our ongoing commitment to the safety of Epsilon's consumer information and our online infrastructure", said Chris Ray, Chief Information Security Officer at Epsilon. "We at Epsilon believe consumers should have transparency and choice and that companies have an obligation to use data responsibly. We will continue to invest time and resources into ensuring that we protect the integrity of the marketing industry and enhance consumer trust."
"We are pleased to see the steps we have taken to improve transparency and choice for our consumers recognized once again by the Online Trust Alliance. We have expanded our website to offer a variety of tools for consumer use and increase visibility of our practices with our Consumer Knowledge Center. We also continue to provide consumers with access to their marketing data via our Marketing Data Summary Request", said Jeanette Fitzgerald, General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Epsilon.
"OTA commends Epsilon for its commitment to responsible data stewardship," said OTA Executive Director and President Craig Spiezle. "We encourage other leading service providers to follow Epsilon's lead by implementing best practices to enhance end-user control of their data while preserving the integrity and vitality of data driven marketing."
Started in 2005 as an effort to drive adoption of best practices, the 2014 Honor Roll includes a composite analysis of sites security and privacy practices focusing on three major trust pillars. These include: domain and brand protection, infrastructure security and data protection and privacy. As the only comprehensive, independent online trust benchmark study, the 2014 Honor Roll focuses on best practices to help protect users. Based on a composite weighted analysis, those sites that score 80 percent or better will be recognized in the Honor Roll. Combined, this study includes over 800 sites including the Internet Retailer 500, FDIC 100 banks, social networking companies, and government agencies.