A recent press release reports, “Osano, a company building the first platform for data privacy transparency, emerged from stealth with the launch of Privacy Monitor, a free browser plugin and mobile app that helps users understand how websites, software vendors and other service providers treat their data privacy. Osano analyzes thousands of online privacy policies and communicates that analysis through Privacy Monitor, empowering users to make informed decisions about how they interact and share data with those websites and service providers. ‘The average person doesn’t understand where their personal data goes in terms of how websites and service providers use and share it,’ said Arlo Gilbert, CEO and co-founder of Osano. ‘With data privacy at the constant forefront of tech industry and consumer conversations, greater transparency is desperately needed on the web to unlock the secrecy of convoluted privacy policies and give users control over their data again’.”
The release goes on, :Privacy Monitor is available as a lightweight plugin for Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers and as a mobile app for Android and, soon, iOS. As users navigate around the web, Privacy Monitor alerts them of a proprietary privacy reputation score for the website they are visiting as well as which direction the score is trending. In the mobile app, users can also search for specific websites or online services. The privacy reputation score is calculated and updated based on how companies gather and utilize users’ data, where and with whom they share it, how it is stored and whether they comply with regulations like GDPR, among other factors.”
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