Policy Change Detection

"I have read and agree to the terms and conditions” may well be the most common lie in the history of civilization.

How many times do you scroll and click accept without a second thought? You’re not alone. Not only they go unread, but they also include a self-updating clause requiring you to go back and review those documents for changes. You’re agreeing to any changes, and their consequences, indefinitely. 

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Policy Monitoring

Let Osano Do the Boring Work

Employees regularly provision services with self-updating agreements, and enterprise agreements often include external references. Most operational protocols and laws require you to monitor your vendors. But if their agreements are self-updating, how can you effectively follow them for updates? Some vendors do send updates, but often it’s impossible to understand what has changed. Without Osano, it’s like trying to compare two Microsoft Word documents without change tracking enabled. Osano makes it easy for you to track changes and adequately understand your risk.

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Avoid Risk

You promised your customers that you store data for 12 months. A vendor updated its policies to reflect an 18-month retention. Now you're faced with a choice in order to stay compliant. Either end the vendor relationship or update your statements to reflect reality. If you don't know, you can't.

Keep Up With Changes

If you’re unsure whether you're keeping up with your vendors, chances are you're not. On average, vendors change their policies once per month but notify their customers only once per year. Osano alerts you to major and minor changes instantly, so you're always aware of your vendors’ practices.

Travel Back In Time

The likelihood is strong that the vendors you're doing business with today have evolved since you originally signed up for their services. So have their policies. Travel back in time and review the policies that you agreed to and see in an instant exactly how much those agreements have changed.

The fox is guarding the henhouse.

Get Compliant Now

The self-updating document is widespread in the SaaS world. In recent years there has been a trend towards vendors emailing a notice to users stating, "We've updated our privacy policy" or something similar. Fewer than 25% of vendors send these notices — fewer than that point out what has been updated.

Even if the notice includes a summary, it's typically a sanitized friendly summary of changes that's gone through the marketing department. It usually does not include a statement around how the changes can impact your specific business. 

Counting on vendors to self-report in an accurate, timely, and transparent manner is irresponsible. Would you trust a restaurant to do its own health inspection? Then why trust a vendor to do its document inspection? 

Many enterprises mistakenly believe they do not need to track policy documents since they signed a separate contract for an enterprise service. Most of these contracts refer to external policies.

Even worse, many also include a self-updating clause for specific sections with the responsibility to monitor being put on you the customer. Are you monitoring these policy changes? Osano can do it for you.   

What's New at Osano

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