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MarkMonitor Named a Top Trusted Website in OTA's 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll

MarkMonitor recognized for demonstrating leadership in brand protection, online security, and privacy best practices

SAN FRANCISCO, June 5, 2013 – MarkMonitor®, the world leader in enterprise brand protection and part of Thomson Reuters, today announced it is a recipient of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll for demonstrating exceptional data protection, privacy and security in an effort to better protect its brand and customers from the increased threats of cybercriminals.

 

“Integral to creating and maintaining a powerful brand is defending the brand from abuse that might otherwise adversely affect consumers’ trust. At MarkMonitor, we believe a holistic approach—encompassing systematic prevention, detection and rapid response across all aspects of online brand abuse—is most effective at defending global brands.  We highly value the trust our customers place on our approach to safeguard their brands in digital channels,” said Frederick Felman, chief marketing officer, MarkMonitor. “We are honored to be recognized by the Online Trust Alliance for the third year for our commitment towards online safety and consumer trust.”

 

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.  The composite analysis included over a dozen attributes focusing on 1) site & server security, 2) domain, brand, email and consumer protection, and 3) privacy policy and practices.   In addition to the in-depth analysis of their web sites, Domain Name Systems (DNS), outbound emails, and public records were analyzed for recent data breach incidents and FTC settlements.   Key sectors audited include the Internet Retailer 500, FDIC 100, Top 50 Social Sites as well as OTA members.

 

“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.”

 

Nearly a third of the companies reviewed made the Honor Roll, including MarkMonitor.   The report indicates that company size and/or sales are not true measures of the level of security and privacy a company implements.  “All companies are equally evaluated by the same criteria regardless of size.  We have seen large e-retailers with significant sales fail to make the Honor Roll; conversely we have seen small to mid-size companies taking top grades,” said Spiezle.    

 

Started in 2005 as an effort to drive adoption of best practices, the objectives of the Honor Roll are to 1) recognize leadership and commitment to best  practices which aid in the protection of online trust and confidence in online services, 2) Enable businesses to enhance their security, data protection and privacy practices, 3) Move from compliance to stewardship, demonstrating support of meaningful self-regulation, and 4) Promote security & privacy as part of a company’s brand promise and value proposition.

 

Being named to the 2013 Honor Roll is a significant achievement considering the large number of companies that received failing marks for inadequate domain and consumer protection (22%), insecure websites (11%), and inadequate privacy policies or data collection practices (35%). 

 

To review the full 2013 Honor Roll report, please download a free copy at: https://otalliance.org/2013honorroll.html

 

About The Online Trust Alliance / (OTA)

 

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a member-based, non-profit representing the global internet ecosystem - including the public and private sectors. OTA’s mission is to develop and advocate best practices and public policy which mitigate emerging privacy and security threats while enhancing online trust, innovation and the vitality of the digital economy.  OTA is committed to the protection of critical infrastructure, balanced legislation and data protection through the promotion of best practices, benchmark reporting, and self-regulation.  For more information, visit: https://otalliance.org

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ABOUT MARKMONITOR

MarkMonitor, the leading enterprise brand protection solution and a Clarivate Analytics flagship brand, provides advanced technology and expertise that protects the revenues and reputations of the world's leading brands. In the digital world, brands face new risks due to the Web's anonymity, global reach and shifting consumption patterns for digital content, goods and services. Customers choose MarkMonitor for its unique combination of advanced technology, comprehensive protection and extensive industry relationships to address their brand infringement risks and preserve their marketing investments, revenues and customer trust. For more information, visit www.markmonitor.com.

ABOUT CLARIVATE ANALYTICS

Clarivate Analytics accelerates the pace of innovation by providing trusted insights and analytics to customers around the world, enabling them to discover, protect and commercialize new ideas faster. Formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, we own and operate a collection of leading subscription-based services focused on scientific and academic research, patent analytics and regulatory standards, pharmaceutical and biotech intelligence, trademark protection, domain names, brand protection and intellectual property management. Clarivate Analytics is now an independent company with over 4,000 employees, operating in more than 100 countries and owns well-known brands that include Web of Science, Cortellis, Thomson Innovation, Derwent World Patents Index, CompuMark, MarkMonitor and Techstreet, among others. For more information, visit clarivate.com.

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