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News and IoT sites flunk security and privacy tests

Maria Korolov | June 17, 2015
In a new security and privacy audit of top consumer-oriented websites, news and Internet of Things websites scored the worst, according to a report released today by the Online Trust Alliance.

"People either overperformed or underperformed significantly," he said.

A record number of sites made the honor roll this year, he said, even though the criteria on which sites are being judged have been getting tougher.

"But, conversely, that 45 to 47 percent that are failing aren't acting in the best interests of their consumers or their stockholders. and that's a concern," he said.

Twitter received the highest score of any sector for the third year in a row. In the retail sector, American Greetings achieved the highest ranking.

The USAA Federal Savings Bank scored the best among the banks, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was the highest-rated government agency. Businessweek had the highest scores in the news sector, and Dropcam in IoT.

 

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