Austin Texas Privacy Startup Osano

The Osano Story

Deep in the heart of Texas, a world changing company was born.

Our Story

The Era of Privacy

The Internet has been the wild west of data sharing. Now we are in the early days of the next era of the Internet, where privacy comes first.

Do Good and Do Well

Building a company does not have to mean profit at all costs. Osano exists to serve the public, our customers, and our investors equally.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

We are proud to call Austin our home. Thanks to those who came before us, there is no greater city on the planet for building a company.

Be Inspired

When Osano helps companies to comply with the law, the interest of humanity is served, and the Internet becomes a better place.

In April 2018, Arlo Gilbert and Scott Hertel watched in disbelief as members of the U.S. Congress questioned technology leaders about online data privacy. It was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Congressional hearing, and it was clear that even the best and brightest elected officials lacked essential knowledge about how data is stored and shared.

It was the duo's lightbulb moment. If the lawmakers are confused, surely businesses must be equally confused. Arlo and Scott had just exited their enterprise SaaS management company and were searching for a new category where they could build a meaningful company. They were well suited to solve the data privacy issue, so the pair went on a mission to bring simplicity to managing data privacy for consumers and businesses alike.

Today Osano is a diverse, growing team of attorneys, technologists, and business leaders who live and breathe data privacy. 

We've created the world's first data set that objectively measures the data privacy practices for every company on the planet. We're building a suite of tools to help compliance, marketing, and sales teams use data privacy as a way to vet vendors and to stand out as vendors themselves. And we're doing it all as a B Corporation, putting people before profits.

Stay tuned, because there are a lot of good things ahead.

Osano by the Numbers

Founded
+ Companies Analyzed
k Websites Using Osano
k Lawsuits Monitored

Leadership

We believe that data privacy is a fundamental human right and the companies that embrace privacy will become the next wave of trusted brands.

Arlo Gilbert

CEO & Founder

Arlo has been building successful technology startups for more than 20 years in varying industries including telecom, search, consumer, and enterprise software.

Scott Hertel

CTO & Founder

Scott is an experienced developer and systems architect, having led high performing teams at Accenture, Microsoft, and Dell before being bitten by the startup bug.

Catherine Dawson

General Counsel

Catherine is a JD & CIPP/US. She has led legal teams in the tech industry, as an attorney at Wilson Sonsini, and most recently as the Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Spiceworks through its acquisition by J2 Global.

Jonathan Grant

VP of Finance

Jonathan is an experienced B2B SaaS finance leader having spent time at Yammer, Comcast Ventures, and MixMax before joining Osano.

Mike Grossman

VP of Sales

Mike has spent over 20 years in technology sales. As Marin Software's 25th employee, he built the inside sales team, driving revenues to $100 million and a successful IPO led by Goldman Sachs.

Backed by World Class Investors

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What's New at Osano

Osano partners with SecurityScorecard

Osano has partnered with Security Scorecard, joining its 360° Marketplace launch, enabling customers to amplify their privacy and compliance programs with cybersecurity data. 

Release 2021.6

This release includes language-translation updates to Russian, Chinese Hong Kong (zh-hk) and Chinese Taiwan (zh-tw). 

In addition, this release features enhancements to the Consent Manager experience for users with a right-to-left language.

Release 2021.2.3

This release includes language-translation updates to German, Romanian, Italian, Chinese Hong Kong (zh-hk) and Chinese Taiwan (zh-tw). 

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Consent Manager now available in 42 languages

Consent Manager has been updated to support auto-translations in Lithuanian, Latvian and Brazilian Portuguese.

We have also enhanced support for right-to-left languages. 

See a full list of supported languages here.

Griswold release

This release features improvements to Osano Consent Management features and search engine optimization metrics. Customers can now choose to turn First-Layer Categories on/off in cookie banners. Also, customers have the ability to toggle Legacy Browser support on/off to improve site performance. 

 

Consent Manager now available in 39 languages

Consent Manager has been updated to support auto-translations in Croatian and Icelandic. See a full list of supported languages here

Vendor Auto-Following

Enterprise customers can now automatically track the vendors they've identified in Consent Manager. The change allows seamless and constant monitoring of your vendors and eliminates the need to follow them manually. The feature also alerts you to relevant policy changes their vendors have made and changes that could impact your risk.

Pentland release

This release offers new features in consent management and data subject access requests products. This release is named after Alex Pentland, one of the architects of the GDPR.

Pentland Release Notes

Privacy consulting

Osano is now offering privacy consulting in addition to our compliance software. Whether you need an interim privacy officer, a data protection officer or project-specific resources, our privacy consultants are ready to roll their sleeves up for you.

Explore Consulting

Sweeney release

We have just released a major new upgrade to our platform. This update features role-based access controls for your business. Admins will now be empowered to restrict a user's access and control to specific parts of Osano's platform. This release is named after Latanya Sweeney a Harvard privacy researcher and advocate.

Sweeney Release Notes

Westin release

This update includes improvements and enhancements to consent management. This release is named in honor of Alan Westin, the father of modern data privacy law.

Westin Release Notes

White paper: The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link

Announcing a groundbreaking report analyzing the relationship between a company’s privacy practices and their likelihood of experiencing a data breach. The Osano Data Privacy and Data Breach Link reveals a predictive relationship between responsible privacy practices and security outcomes.

Download the White Paper

11,000 vendors and counting!

Osano's proprietary dataset of vendor privacy risk just broke 11,000! We couldn't be more proud! 🎉

Brandeis release

Announcing a massive update to Osano's platform! We completely re-built the consent manager from the ground up. Updates include:
  • Automated script and cookie classifications
  • We've added multi-factor authentication to help further safeguard your Osano account
  • More than a dozen other features, enhancements, and bug fixes

This release is named after Louis Brandeis, one of the original pioneers of data privacy rights. We released an article on our blog about his fascinating life and how it impacted the data privacy world.

Read the Release Notes

Privacy Insider newsletter

Check out Osano's Privacy Insider newsletter! Every Tuesday, Osano sends a synopsis of the week's most interesting news in the world of data privacy.

A lot of change is happening fast. We take the work out of keeping abreast of regulatory and technological developments.

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Release 2020.4

April's release features major improvements to our data subject access request (DSAR) forms:

  • Added a forms editor for customization and 
  • Added pre-fillable forms to save you time
  • Added data elements for commonly used fields

This release included a bunch of other enhancements and features.

Read the Release Notes

Osano launches a partnership with Exterro

Osano and Exterro launched a partnership this week to pair Osano’s industry-leading cookie consent management and vendor monitoring with Exterro’s powerful suite of privacy, e-discovery and risk management tools.

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Covid-19 Update

How will Covid-19 impact Osano? Read a note from our CEO.

Read the Note

Release 2020.3

Minor bug fixes and the ability to more easily manage your own account billing.

Read the Release Notes

Release 2020.2

Engineering has been hard at work adding new features and 🐜🐛🐞 fixing.

· CCPA Opt-Out mode
· CCPA Do-Not-Sell toggle
· IAB framework implementation
Read the Release Notes

New Year - New Consents!

With today's release, Osano customers now have access to:

· Automated real-time scanning of 1st party cookies.
· Automated scheduled deep site scanning
· Embedded 3rd party disclosures.
· Searchable blockchain-based audit log of consents.
Learn about Consent Management

Application Release 2019.5

Osano regularly releases updates. This December update includes new features to help expedite CCPA compliance.

See the full changelog

Application Release 2019.3

Osano regularly releases updates. This November update includes bug fixes, customer feature requests, and improved consent visualizations.

See the full changelog

Application Release 2019.2

Osano regularly releases updates. This October update improves notifications, addresses numerous user interface bugs, and refreshes the entire application.

See the full changelog

Osano Launch

Osano's open-source tools currently help more than 750,000 active websites with their compliance. These numbers make Osano the most pervasive privacy product on the planet. After more than a year of development and testing, you can finally access the Osano suite of applications. We're honored to launch Osano on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield.

Watch The Video

7,000 Vendor Milestone

The Osano attorneys have been hard at work and today we are proud to share that we have now evaluated the privacy practices of more than 7,000 companies!

Learn about vendor monitoring

Beta Testing Complete

Thank you to all of the beta testers who participated in the closed beta. The beta has now concluded as we prepare for launch.

Osano Closes $5.4M Series A

Explosive growth and ease of use are a few of the reasons that investors are falling in love with Osano.

Read about our Series A

Osano offers new features on consent management and data subject access controls

Explosive growth and ease of use are a few of the reasons that investors are falling in love with Osano.

Read about our Series A

Osano Closes $5.4M Series A

Explosive growth and ease of use are a few of the reasons that investors are falling in love with Osano.

Read about our Series A