Osano Built in Austin Texas

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.

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.

Ricardo Reyna

VP of Engineering

Ricky is an accomplished engineering leader. For more than a decade he has been leading teams towards delivering high quality, high performing, lovable, B2B SaaS products.

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What's New at Osano

Pentland release offers new features on consent management and data subject access requests

As we here at Osano continue to roll out features to help you do data privacy right, we have some exciting new features to announce with our Pentland release.

Our First Layer Category feature allows you to turn off the “cookie categories” function within your first-layer cookie banner. This impacts end users within the European Economic Area and the U.K. Importantly, you still have the option to maintain the cookie categories function for your customers if preferred, but now, an “on/off” toggle button allows you the choice. 

The change is based on Osano customers’ feedback and aims to present a cleaner user experience and may result in higher opt-in rates to cookies.

In addition, the Pentland release provides a new service to help you comply with California residents’ privacy rights under California’s Consumer Privacy Act. The law requires businesses with an offline component or indirect relationship to provide a toll-free phone number for data subject inquiries. Customers using Twilio as a phone host can now integrate Osano’s “DSAR phone line,” which transcribes the call and places it into your company’s data subject access request center. This eliminates the need for call agents to fulfill your data subject phone line obligation under the CCPA.

Learn more about Pentland features

Osano offers privacy consulting

By now, you know that companies that show their customers that they take privacy seriously will earn their trust and loyalty. And we know that compliance with data privacy laws, like the GDPR or the CCPA, can feel like a burden. But what if it were easy and could boost your bottom line? What if you could relax — maybe even sleep at night! —  because your regulatory commitments were being handled.

We're excited to tell you: We can help you feel that way. 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. 

You can get started today with a free 30-minute consultation by clicking here. 

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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.

Role-based access controls are only the most visible of numerous enhancements in this update that improve the performance, integrity and security of the Osano platform. The release notes detail the full list of enhancements and bug fixes.

The name of this release is a hat tip to Latanya Sweeney, a Harvard professor and privacy researcher who has done pioneering privacy research for the past two decades. Click to read more about her impressive work.

Read the Release Notes

Westin release

Announcing a shiny new update to Osano's platform! Updates include:

  • Consent Manager preview showing language translations and popup styling by location
  • Consent Manager versioning and rollback
  • iFrame blocking support
  • Consent Manager configuration duplication
  • Two dozen other features, enhancements, and bug fixes

This release is named in honor of Alan Westin, the father of modern data privacy law. We released an article on our blog about how his work has shaped privacy laws and perceptions today.

Read the 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