pii2012 Technology Showcase
Along with the Innovator Spotlight start-ups, the following companies participated in the Technology Showcase at pii2012 on May 15th.
Connect.Me is a socially-verified reputation network. It lets users of Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn (and soon Google+) build their own personal reputation cards by vouching for each other’s skills, interests, and passions. All vouching is on contextual tags displayed on your Connect.Me card. Any Connect.Me user can add new tags, and everyone controls the tags that appear on their Connect.Me card.
To protect against gaming, Connect.Me users advance through four levels of trust defined by the Respect Trust Framework, which won the Privacy Award at the 2011 European Identity Conference. Each trust level is based on the vouches you receive from other users. The highest level—trust anchor—is reserved for users who are personally known and vouched for by other trust anchors.
Connect.Me is not a “social scoring system” and does not use hidden algorithms to calculate influence. Rather the entire network is formed through peer-to-peer vouching to build reputation.
Ensighten’s enterprise tag management and privacy solutions enable the world’s largest enterprises to manage their websites more effectively. Ensighten’s industry-leading tag management platform replaces hundreds of lines of code per Web page with a single line of code, and empowers marketers with an easy-to-use web interface to quickly add, remove or manage any third-party service — such as Web analytics tags or advertising pixels.
Ensighten’s global Tag Delivery Network serves over 150 billion tags annually to more than 13,000 Web domains, accelerating page load times and handling more than $16 billion in ecommerce for top brands that include A&E Networks, LendingTree, Lenovo, Microsoft Stores, Monster, Sony, and Subaru.
Experian® is a global leader in providing information, analytical tools and marketing services to organizations and consumers to help manage the risk and reward of commercial and financial decisions. Using our comprehensive understanding of individuals, markets and economies, we help organizations find, develop and manage customer relationships to make their businesses more profitable.
Experian promotes greater financial health and opportunity among consumers by enabling them to understand, manage and protect their personal information, helping them control financial aspects of key life events, and make the most advantageous financial and purchasing decisions.
Hibe is a privacy-aware social network that gives users back the power of choice. This startup based in Montreal, Canada has been working since 2009 to build a platform that is private-by-default and gives users full control over who has access to their information.
On Hibe, users create Facets for each of their audiences with a different avatar, contact and profile information for each. A facet can be anything from family, friends, work, or any other context. Interactions on Hibe are driven through booklets which are interest-based spaces where users can share media, updates and posts.
One more thing about Hibe that makes it special, no ads! Hibe does not have any advertising and does not share or sell user information to third parties.
Lockify is the simplest, securest way to share, track and control confidential messages & files.
Bad things happen when confidential business communications end up in the wrong hands — compromised accounts, sites & identities; stiff fines & penalties for violating privacy laws & industry regulations; and frequently worse of all, public relations nightmares. Unfortunately, end-to-end encryption systems to date have had user experiences ranging from mediocre to terrible. They all require a frustrating combination of registration, installing software and coordinating keys. And even if you’re up for the challenge, your less-tech-savvy recipients likely will not be.
Lockify’s patent-pending web & mobile-based technology combines PGP-quality security with convenience similar that of a URL-shortener like Bitly or TinyURL. No registration, no downloads, no key coordination. Currently in private beta, Lockify will be launching publicly early this summer. Attendees at pii2012 can receive early access by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
OneID is a revolutionary new system for securely managing user identity. Most Internet users face the challenge of keeping track of dozens of usernames and passwords for all of the places they need to log in. OneID securely manages those credentials, freeing users from the need to memorize passwords (or worse, using the same password in several places). Additionally, OneID can securely provide relying websites with user information, such as shipping addresses and credit information, without requiring manual entry of this information each time when authorized by the user.
Designed to be compatible with a wide range of uses, OneID combines new cryptographic techniques to provide highly secure authentication where it is needed without complicating the login process where it is not. Its innovative data repository stores encrypted information, the keys to which are retained by the user, putting users in direct control of how their identity information is shared.
Ownafide is a social discovery website that uses products to introduce people who share similar hobbies and interests. Users create inventories of the products that relate to their favorite activities. Product owners can upload their own photos and videos of those activities. Users are then introduced to one another based upon their inventories, using their photos and videos as centerpieces to begin a private conversation in real time. Users can then follow one another and comment on their uploads publicly.
These micro communities not only serve as a means of socializing for the individual user but also as a visual resource for product and hobby related research for all users. And with other features such as wish lists so users can easily inform their friends and family of what they would like next, Ownafide sets itself apart as a social platform that is not only social but is equally practical and informative.
Called a “life-management platform” by The Economist and recognized as the first “Privacy by Design” online consumer company, Personal helps people take control of and benefit from their data in countless new ways. Its “small data” platform gives individuals the power and tools of big data, allowing them to safely and easily aggregate, leverage and exchange structured data about their lives and identities.
Enabling powerful, new data-driven apps that respect privacy and security and even promote the economic value of data, Personal is creating a more balanced and sustainable personal data ecosystem for the online and mobile world.
PrivaSET provides privacy settings management solutions for enterprises. Social networks bring many benefits for business networking and brand promotion, however they can also lead to the inadvertent exposure of valuable company information. Whether it’s a sales executive whose connections are visible so that competitors can infer your client list, or an executive who posts about travel so that competitors know where the next big project is located, privacy settings management is important.
PrivaSET provides automated privacy settings management tools, which enable enterprises to more easily manage their exposure and security on social networks. Through a combined solution that also includes online and/or onsite training in social network privacy awareness, PrivaSET helps enterprises and their employees embrace social networking in a smart and secure way.
TrustCloud is a credit system for the Sharing Economy that measures trustworthy behavior online to build a portable and contextual trust score you can use anywhere. Measuring behavior and transactions over time, and in the right context (i.e. borrowing my car versus walking my dog), gives a more complete picture of trustworthiness. And wherever there’s online activity, there’s a chance to add to your trustscore. The more sources you activate, like endorsements and transactions, the deeper your profile. We then take all that data and make it accessible, portable, & secure.
TrustCloud gives those in the Sharing Economy the confidence to make smart decisions on the stranger they just agreed to let walk their dog, watch their kid, or rent their spare room.
TRUSTe is the leading privacy management solutions provider and offers a broad suite of solutions that enable companies to safely and efficiently handle the customer data powering their online businesses – including advertising, cloud services, mobile applications, and websites. Over 5,000 web properties from top companies like Apple, AT&T, Disney, eBay, HP, Microsoft, Nationwide, and Yelp rely on TRUSTe to ensure compliance with evolving and complex privacy requirements.
TRUSTe’s mission, based on a “Truth in Privacy” framework, is built on a solid foundation of transparency, choice and accountability regarding the collection and use of personal information. TRUSTe’s privacy seal is recognized and trusted by millions of consumers as a sign of responsible privacy practices.