(The Hosting News) – The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), the non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust, announced today the results of its 2015 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll — the de facto online security and privacy standard for the world’s top companies. OTA evaluated nearly 1,000 websites, grading them based on dozens of criteria in three categories: consumer protection, privacy and security.
OTA’s 7th annual audit has been expanded and includes websites of the top 50 leading Internet of Things device makers, focused on wearable technologies and connected home products. 76 percent of these sites failed the assessment, while only 20 percent scored highly enough to qualify for OTA’s Online Trust Honor Roll. News and media sites received the lowest scores with an 80 percent fail rate. These sectors fared poorly primarily due to inadequate privacy policies and a lack of domain and consumer protection standards.
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