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Sep 1, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Most consumers that actively use emails have received spam. They are annoying, intrusive, and clog up inboxes with clutter. The FTC recently called for public comments on the “efficiency, costs, benefits, and regulatory impact” of the CAN-SPAM Rule. In an Aug.

Aug 30, 2017

Two coalitions of online and email marketing companies are calling for the Federal Trade Commission to tighten some restrictions on commercial email, including broader use of message authentication protocols like DMARC, more user-friendly opt-out and unsubscribe options and prohibitions on the use of technologies designed to defeat spam filters and other anti-spam techniques. “The law is working,” Craig Spiezle, founder and chairman emeritus of

Aug 30, 2017

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA), a non-profit and Internet Society (ISOC) initiative, submitted recommendations to the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to modify the United States’ anti-spam law. “Looking ahead it is imperative we take a global view, include embracing opt-in as prescribed by CASL and GDPR, and adopt email authentication and related best practices to maximize trust and confidence in the inbox,” states Craig Spiezle,

Aug 14, 2017
IoT Institute

The Internet of Things poses a hydra-headed security threat. On the one hand, there’s a plethora of applications, devices, communication protocols, software and hardware. And on the other, there’s the variability in security practices across IoT vendors, some of which don’t require end users to follow basic security measures.  While praising the intent behind the proposal, Craig Spiezle, chairman emeritus and founder of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA), wishes the legislation had a broader vision and clearer requirements.

Aug 4, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

The explosion of the internet of things (IoT) means that the cybersecurity threats lurking online can target consumers—including Uncle Sam. Now, a bi-partisan group of Senators want to make sure that Uncle Sam buys only the safest IoT devices. Craig Spiezle, founder of the Online Trust Alliance, said in a statement that “having baseline minimum standards is good because government agencies don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it co

Jul 26, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

More public companies described “cybersecurity” as a risk in their financial disclosures in the first half of 2017 than in all of 2016, suggesting that board and C-suite fears over data breaches may be escalating. Organizations are realizing that any data they collect can be breached or lost, Seattle-based Online Trust Alliance Executive Director Craig Spiezle told Bloomberg BNA.

Jul 3, 2017
International Business Times

A majority of websites for major financial institutions in the United States failed based on web security testing and privacy analysis audits.

Jun 30, 2017
CPO Magazine

A recent audit of websites by the well-known Online Trust Alliance has revealed something that many consumers have long suspected. Financial institutions are the least trusted when it comes to cybersecurity.

Jun 28, 2017

With consumer and enterprise sites getting slammed with attacks, the Online Trust Alliance recently unveiled its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll to highlight those sites that engage in the best security and privacy practices. "It's all about following the basics," says Craig Spiezle, executive director and president of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA). In the security and resiliency category those "basics" include not only

Jun 28, 2017
NBC News

Websites run by the country’s largest banks and the U.S. federal government scored the poorest in a new security and privacy analysis. “We look at the end-to-end user experience on the site: How secure is the data being held, what are their privacy policies and what do they do to protect users from fraud,” said Craig Spiezle, OTA founder and chairman emeritus. "We use the same tools that are available to anyone, including cyber criminals.”