Vendor Lawsuit Alerts

If your vendors fail to honor their commitments to privacy, how would you know? If they were embroiled in a lawsuit that might put them out of business, would they tell you?

With Osano, you get alerted when a new lawsuit is filed or when an existing lawsuit has significant changes. Osano’s Vendor Lawsuit Alerts are like Google News Alerts for the courtroom. We follow cases against companies you do business with and keep you updated on what you need to know.

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Vendor Lawsuit Alerts

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

Osano monitors all federal courts, the most popular state courts, and many district courts.
You get to sleep well knowing that you've removed yet one more unknown from your worry list.

Vendor Lawsuit Alerts

Identify Bad Actors

Every vendor provides a shiny security report, checks the boxes on the forms you provide, and claims to implement effective controls. One dirty secret of the software world is that many times, practice doesn't mirror those claims. Lawsuits are often the first place you find out that a vendor is misbehaving - putting your company at risk. Knowledge is power.

Quantify Risk

Is your vendor a defendant in one court case file by a disgruntled employee? Alternatively, are they involved in 200 court cases for privacy violations? Evaluating the number and type of court cases relative to the size of the company can be a leading risk indicator. Facebook is defending itself against more than 2000 lawsuits. How many do your vendors have?

Avoid Downtime

If a large company such as Microsoft is sued for $100M, it won't put them out of business. If a smaller company gets tied up in court, it can drain their finances, scare away future investors, and quickly spiral into a death cycle. Usually, you won't know until you get the shutdown notice. Lawsuit monitoring, lets you proactively switch vendors and avoid a crisis.

A case study in startup lawsuit outcomes.

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Brooklyn, New York-based Ordrx was an innovative and wildly popular restaurant ordering platform. Venture capitalists including Google Ventures invested in the company. Ordrx customers were building their businesses on top of Ordrx, and business was booming.

That is until Ordrx was sued by a non-practicing entity (aka, patent troll).

Despite the fact that the case was meritless, the lawsuit scared away new investors, which meant cutting staff. Eventually, Ordrx was forced to shut its doors, leaving hundreds of companies scrambling to find a new vendor with no notice.

This story is not unusual. A quick search for "startups that went out of business because of lawsuits" reveals hundreds in just the past year.

Lawsuits are a cost of doing business, but the one common thread among all of these post-mortems is that the startup didn't provide their customers with much notice.

Don't become a casualty of another company's litigation. Watch your vendors, monitor their lawsuits, get ahead of the risk.

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.

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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.

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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