Daily News: June 5, 2013

PwC US Named to OTA’s 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) named PwC US to its 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll for demonstrating exceptional data protection, privacy and security services that protect customers and brands from the increased threats of cybercriminals.

“We are excited and pleased that the Online Trust Alliance has recognized our data protection and privacy efforts as it is critical for companies to take a holistic view of security and privacy in today’s evolving risk landscape,” said Carolyn Holcomb, national leader of PwC’s Data Protection and Privacy practice. “Keeping up with the nonstop stream of changing technology and uses of information can be a daunting task and our team is committed to helping clients design and implement comprehensive information security and privacy programs to protect the personal data they collect, thereby avoiding potential reputational risks.”

PwC’s Data Protection and Privacy practice is one of the many service offerings within PwC’s Risk Assurance practice which is comprised of more than 2,500 professionals. The Risk Assurance team provides companies with technical expertise as well as deep industry knowledge across all industries. Skilled team members assist companies on developing risk and compliance programs, audits and creating internal controls processes around business performance issues, IT systems as well as strategy and contingency planning.

OTA, a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with industry leaders to enhance online trust, completed comprehensive audits analyzing more than 750 domains and privacy policies, approximately 10,000 web pages and more than 500 million emails for this report.

“Consumers are trading billions of pieces of personal data in exchange for desired services. They rely on the integrity of the businesses collecting and storing this information to protect them,” said Craig Spiezle, president and executive director of the Online Trust Alliance. “We are very pleased with the voluntary level of adoption many consumer-facing websites implemented this year that went above and beyond baseline compliance.”

To review the full 2013 Honor Roll report, click here.