Today, TRUSTe, the leading data privacy management company has introduced a new device fingerprinting detection capability as part of its Website Monitoring Service, an industry-leading solution used by enterprises to monitor, control and protect consumer data collected across their digital assets. This new capability allows companies to identify third party trackers that are using fingerprinting techniques to collect personal data from their customers via their online properties without knowledge or consent. Combined with TRUSTe's EU Consent Manager and Advertising Compliance solutions, this new capability will enable companies to identify these third parties on their websites, provide accurate information to consumers and request their consent.
In response to reports that companies were exploring device fingerprinting in an attempt to avoid the consent requirements under the "EU Cookie Directive," the European Data Protection Authorities confirmed last November that the EU Cookie Directive also applies to all methods of tracking including device fingerprinting. In the US, the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council's (ASRC) Accountability Program has also recently added "cookie-less" technologies to its enforcement program requirements. This means that companies must provide a way for consumers to opt-out of this more sophisticated method of tracking in order to stay compliant, avoid enforcement and build trust.
"In an attempt to avoid regulatory requirements, marketers are now turning to different methods such as fingerprinting technology to identify specific characteristics of online users to serve them targeted ads. But it's not a quick fix. Regulatory and self-regulatory bodies have clearly stated that these new tracking technologies are covered by existing rules and businesses need to take action to stay compliant," said Chris Babel, CEO of TRUSTe.
"Privacy technology must keep pace with digital innovation. By adding device fingerprint recognition technology to our arsenal, we can remain at the forefront of helping businesses identify these third parties so they can provide their customers with notice and the option to give their consent."
About TRUSTe TRUSTe is the leading global Data Privacy Management (DPM) company and powers privacy compliance and trust by enabling businesses to safely collect and use customer data across their customer, employee, and vendor channels. Our SaaS-based DPM Platform gives users control over all phases of data privacy management from conducting assessments and implementing compliance controls to managing ongoing monitoring. Our DPM Services, including assessments and certifications, are delivered by an expert team of privacy professionals. Thousands of companies worldwide rely on TRUSTe to minimize compliance risk and protect their brand.