When Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook was being grilled by congress, Arlo Gilbert and Scott Hertel were shocked by the questions the lawmakers asked. It was clear that almost no one knew the basics of what cybersecurity was and how private data is stored and used.
Osano was born.
Most people don’t understand their privacy rights when they sign up for a platform like Facebook or Google. Osano takes these long and complicated legal statements and puts them into a rating system or score, similar to credit ratings. This helps people know whether companies are more likely to use your data or if they use it only sometimes or only part of it.
Osano offers this service free via a browser plugin that currently works on Google Chrome, Safari, FireFox, and a mobile app for Android. The company is currently working on one for IOS phones.
Osano has a database of approximately 400 online companies at this time. The company has hired dozens of licensed attorneys to dissect the terms and conditions and established Privacy Monitor reputation scores for hundreds of the world’s most popular websites, with more added daily.
In December 2019, Osano received another $5.4 million in Series A funding.
Osano maintains a corporate office in Austin, Texas.