New York, NY (PRWEB) March 13, 2014
Data privacy non-profit DataNeutrality.org today announced the inaugural board members who will guide its launch as an independent entity bringing a revolutionary way of thinking about Internet data.
DataNeutrality is committed to operational transparency and respect for privacy, and aims to increase awareness of the need for businesses to take control of their data. Numerous studies have shown consumer concern is on the rise regarding Internet data collection, and corporations lose billions each year to data leakage.
In addition to becoming a voice on these important issues, DataNeutrality will participate in a groundbreaking private partnership by serving as the privacy and data governance auditor and policy advisor to Mezzobit, a New York start-up with cloud-based services that optimize Internet data collection for digital publishers and marketers.
“The Internet happens in real time, and current standards and regulatory processes are too slow to keep pace, if they can come to agreement at all,” said DataNeutrality Executive Director Sharon Christiansen Geddes, CIPP/G, CIPP/IT. “The board will help us spot and solve potential privacy issues in ways that are fair to all parties without having to wait for industry or regulatory authorities.”
“From my years as a digital executive, I saw the need to solve the technology problems around data collection, as well as make data flows transparent and controllable,” said Mezzobit CEO Joseph Galarneau. “Mezzobit, in collaboration with DataNeutrality, fills an important market need to bring balance to how data is handled.”
“We are excited to see DataNeutrality launch with such experienced data privacy and digital professionals,” added Joseph Titlebaum, Mezzobit’s Chief Legal and Privacy Officer. “Consumer data powers the free Internet, and we want to be sure that data is collected and managed in a way that serves the needs of both consumers and the websites they visit.”
In addition to the new board, the initial management team for DataNeutrality includes Geddes, a privacy attorney with a background in data audits, and Senior Advisor Kevin McKean, a former vice president of Consumers Union and editorial director of Consumer Reports.
The initial DataNeutrality board members hail from the worlds of advertising, educational testing, digital media and academia, thus assuring a balanced approach to trust assurance. In alphabetical order, they are:
About DataNeutrality.org: DataNeutrality is a voice for responsible and transparent data practices and serves as a policy advisor and privacy watchdog for private companies looking to enhance their corporate responsibility. As a not-for-profit organization that will achieve independence in the coming months, DataNeutrality embodies a new paradigm in privacy and compliance engineering, with principles from privacy-by-design and Regulation 2.0 open governance. Twitter Facebook LinkedIn
About Mezzobit: Named by AlleyWatch as one of the ten hottest early-stage start-ups in NYC, Mezzobit has a turnkey solution for digital publishers and marketers that brings control to internet data collection and sharing. Mezzobit also enables visibility and control of third-party data collection, helping to stem the flow of data leakage that now costs billions each year in lost advertising and sales revenue. Its free core platform also dramatically accelerates website performance while cutting IT maintenance. Mezzobit is committed to maintaining the highest standards of data transparency and respect for consumer privacy. The company’s founders are former digital media and tech executives, with years of experience at KPMG, Newsweek, XM Satellite Radio, and New York Magazine. Twitter Facebook LinkedIn