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Folio awarded two rigorous international privacy and information security accreditations


August 5th 2020.   Folio is pleased to announce that it has achieved the International Organization for Standardization ISO/IEC 27001 and Service and Organization Controls SOC 2 Type II certifications, endorsing its information security procedures governing integrity, confidentiality and privacy.

Emphasising a fundamental commitment to protecting customer, user and partner data, Folio was evaluated and tested by an independent, specialist auditing firm and has been certified to meet the most stringent criteria.  These certificates validate the operational effectiveness of Folio’s security controls across the business.

  • ISO/27001 is a worldwide information security standard for compliance with best practices, ensuring the controls of a company can manage and adapt to security threats, vulnerabilities and business impact.
  • SOC 2 Type II certifies Folio securely manages data to protect the interests and privacy of its clients.

Tatiana Cogevina, Chief Executive Officer, commented,

“Security and privacy are key concerns for Folio users and customers, and Folio is committed to leading the digital identity industry by example.  These latest accreditations demonstrate  our determination to set the highest of standards that deliver confidence and trust to our users and our customers in demanding industries such as banking and central government.”

Folio, already a leading innovator in smartphone-based digital identity and verification solutions, recently introduced its Health Passport Platform, demonstrated at last month’s “OIX – Identity Solutions for the ‘new normal’.

Nick Mothershaw, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Identity Exchange remarked,

“Trust is critical to any scaling of a digital identity ecosystem,  the individual will only adopt these technologies if they remain in control of their privacy and are confident of the information security procedures that govern the use and protection of their data. 

ISO and SOC ensure that the businesses that demand our trust, are worthy of it.”

About Folio:

Folio provides digital identity solutions for governments and businesses that need the highest levels of assurance when verifying the credentials of individuals.

Folio has helped millions prove their identity for critical operations such as voting, customer onboarding and complex regulatory compliance processes.

The Folio app works on most Android and iOS smartphones, conforms to the highest international standards and is used daily around the world to manage key ID documents like passports and driver’s licenses.

For more information visit Folio.id, or download the app on Google Play or the App Store

Press Contact:   Paul White
paul.white@folio.id

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VIRGINIC employees bravely stand up to Virgin invading their privacy and daily screenshooting their social media and Linkedin profiles


“There comes a point when you have to stand up to behavior of ruthless lawyers, because they destroy others. Bullying like this silences people but we all know this is not an acceptable practice.”

Last week Virgin (https://www.virgin.com/) launched a new attack on shocked VIRGINIC (https://virginic.com/) employees and threatened in Court to serve them lawsuits directly to their Linkedin profiles. Virgin then followed its threats and served its lawsuits to unrelated email addresses of those individuals it found on the internet. Virgin revealed it has been spying on VIRGINIC employees social media and private Linkedin profiles and provided the Court daily screenshots of such profiles as evidence. Thomas M Monagan from Norvell IP is the lawyer hired by Virgin in USA, together with Geoff Hussey from A.A. Thornton in UK to tear apart the business fabric of VIRGINIC and force the start up to stop selling its allergy-free organic creams.

According to Mark Russell, a former employee of VIRGINC: “The harassment Virgin lawyers have been maliciously applying for the past 2 years have adversely and financially affected many workers employed who lost their jobs because of the hardship caused by Virgin. Virgin has been trying to starve a small start up company financially to death for past 2 years and it’s a miracle VIRGINIC is still standing up straight by pure force of business strength and integrity.”

He adds: “Virgin opened multiple lawsuits in multiple countries and demanded we close, hand them our website, destroy the products and commit a business suicide. VIRGINIC heroically stood up to it.

All employees gave their 200% knowing it costs a fortune to hire lawyers in all those countries and a lot of us declared to work for reduced wage to support our mission-based company and stand up to bullying. Everyone with common sense knew Virgin’s claims were not only lacking factual merits but were in line of a long history of Virgin destroying through litigation (https://money.cnn.com/2005/06/29/news/newsmakers/branson_suit/index.htm) many other start ups in the past including small Virgin Olive Oil producers (https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150501/06032130844/virgingroup-disputes-trademark-application-tiny-olive-oil-companyvasse-virgin-because-course-they-did.shtml).”

Question remains, should Virgin and its lawyers be held liable for damages they have caused including loss of jobs of VIRGINIC employees and financial hardships caused to many families?

VIRGINIC is defending its case vigorously with the limited means it has but the irony is, what wrong did they do at the first place. VIRGINIC is an honest, cruelty-free and natural-ingredients-only beauty company. The name is different from Virgin. They sell entirely different products. Their logo and branding is different.

Customers buying VIRGINIC organic face cream jars online are certainly not confused thinking they are buying from Virgin Airlines/Mobile or Virgin Galactic.

Nevertheless VIRGINIC workers who lost their jobs due to high costs of multiple international lawsuits and whose private social media profiles are daily watched and taken screenshots of, are the ones to shoulder the burden. At the event of US Court eventually ruling for VIRGINIC, will the multi-billion dollar giant Virgin be ordered to compensate those employees for loss of income and privacy invasion?

He adds: “There comes a point when you have to stand up to behavior of ruthless lawyers, because they destroy people and they destroy lives, just because there is a company with deep pockets willing to pay for it. Bullying like this scares and silences people but we all know this is not an acceptable practice. There needs to be accountability for false and malicious storytelling in courts and daily spying on private profiles and hiring private investigators to find out where those employees live, which is also what Virgin said in Court they did and presented those private investigators endings to Court as evidence. Virgin’s infamous and low litigation and personal harassment tactics are now a part of a public record so everything is out there to be seen and accounted for.”

A former employee who fell victim to this case, finishes by saying: “There is a human cost to this malicious bullying. VIRGINIC has continued to put on a brave face and has been boldly fighting back for the past two years, but I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been to many VIRGINIC employees. They lost their jobs, their privacy was violated. The multi-billion dollar giant attacked a small start up because they can and because lawyers had to justify their fees. All this at the direct expense of many hard working young people, their family income and the better mission-based future they have been building.”

The case progresses and it is unclear how quickly the Court might rule.

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UK-based Consent Management Service calls for a rethink of online privacy


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Privacy & Cookies CEO advocates 3 step approach to greater overall compliance to benefit users and website owners alike

LONDON, UK; 5 March 2020 – In the wake of a damning study on internet privacy released in August 2019 by MIT, UCL and Aarhus University, a UK-based company, Privacy & Cookies (P&C), is advising businesses to completely rethink the way they are managing their user’s privacy whilst browsing online.

The paper entitled, “Dark Patterns after the GDPR: Scraping Consent Pop-ups and Demonstrating their Influence,” estimated that only 11.8% of the top 10,000 websites in the UK are currently compliant, with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the European privacy law, despite all deploying one of the 5 leading CMP solutions (by market share) on their websites. The report concluded, “11.8% is an extraordinarily low number for seemingly market-leading CMP vendors”.

Years of experience and technology development of automated compliance software has led P&C to develop the first solution that meets current ICO and DPA regulatory requirements. It’s a proven, compliance-led Consent Management Platform that is focused on gaining visitor trust and earning consent.

Lawrence Shaw
Lawrence Shaw

“We believe that user’s privacy has been abused for too long,” says P&C CEO, Lawrence Shaw, “The ICO, UK (DPA) Data Protection Authority, among others, has now laid down very specific rules as to what is deemed acceptable and this means the vast majority of websites will need to address their use of cookies and bring their sites into line. Our advantage is our service is built and ready to meet this requirement. Our automation removes inconsistency and offers secure, efficient, fully scalable deployment.”

Shaw advocates a three-step approach to greater compliance for website owners.

1: Don’t assume compliance
Website owners should not be setting non-essential cookies before visitors have consented. Instead, website owners should be confirming the purpose of each ‘essential’ cookie and ensuring that they meet the regulators definition of an ‘essential’ cookie. No further cookies should be set until consent has been earned.

2: Review the user-experience
Website owners should be aiming for consistency across sites so that visitors don’t get confused. At the same time, they shouldn’t expect visitors to wait while a consent management system opts out of cookies before offering the content or have to be redirected to different pages for more information. And, most importantly, they shouldn’t ask the user for consent and preferences, only to ignore them.

3: Use the anonymous cookies checker
Shaw suggests assessing your website for the likely level of privacy risk using the Cookies Checker at www.rethinkingprivacy.com. This free tool allows users to find out what cookies are actually being set by a website, ahead of visitors’ consent being gained and returns results in about 90 seconds.

“A new dawn is upon us, one ensuring transparency underpinning trust,” says Shaw, “We need to rethink privacy, not only because the regulation has been clarified and enforcement has begun, but because it’s time to appreciate the value of trust and earn consent.”

For further information or PR enquiries please contact:

Privacy & Cookies

randrews@rethinkingprivacy.com
www.rethinkingprivacy.com
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tel:  07771 848 294



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