Twitter Tops 2016 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll

Twitter finished atop the 2016 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll list of highest scoring websites in terms of consumer protection, data security and privacy.

Twitter finished atop the 2016 Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll list of highest scoring websites in terms of consumer protection, data security and privacy, according to the Online Trust Alliance.

Pinterest and Instagram were the other social networks to crack the OTA’s top 10:

  1. Twitter
  2. HealthCare.gov
  3. Pinterest
  4. The White House
  5. Dropbox
  6. FileYourTaxes
  7. LifeLock
  8. Instagram
  9. 1040.com
  10. The Gap

Twitter trust and information security officer Michael Coates said in the report:

Security and privacy remain the bedrock of consumer trust. As the overall top scorer in OTA’s Online Trust Audit, Twitter is honored to be recognized for our efforts. These best practices of our users’ data are critical for the long-term health and future innovation of the Internet. We are committed to build on our collaboration between the public and sectors in driving their adoption.

And OTA executive director Craig Spiezle said in a release announcing the results:

OTA congratulates all Honor Roll recipients who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in consumer protection. It’s evident that many companies have moved beyond compliance and are adopting meaningful self-regulation and data-stewardship practices. However, it is imperative that organizations double-down on security and privacy measures in this age of high-profile data breaches in order to maintain consumer trust and confidence.

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