RE: To the WOT community
Posted: Sun Nov 27, 2016 6:31 pm
More information from the Finnish media here - hxxp://www.kaleva.fi/uutiset/kotimaa/palkittua-verkkopalvelua-epaillaan-tietojen-vuotamisesta-poliisille-selvityspyynto/744645/ - the following is a poor translation which may include some inaccuracies:
Award-winning web service is suspected of leaking information - to the police for clarification
The Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman has asked the police to investigate the operations of the Web of Trust web service. [Technical description]
The service indicates a safe site with the green icon, a dangerous one with a red one. The data is produced by users of the service working together.
- The German Data Protection Authority announced that the service is suspected of transfer of users' personal data to external operators. Personal identification data is suspected of being insufficiently anonymized, says the Data Protection Ombudsman Reijo Aarnio to media.
The first hints of problems came from German media problems according to Aarnio.
Aarnio says that he came up to police to ask for clarification, because the Office of the Data Protection Ombudsman office administrative instruments were no longer sufficient.
- The company is in liquidation, and in the background the company name has changed. Our means to deal with this legal situation are insufficient, he adds.
Aarnio advises users to be careful with the operation.
Background Web of Trust was a Finnish security company WOT Services Ltd, which ended as at February 2016. The name was changed TOW Software Oy.
- The company in liquidation is shut down and no longer functioning, says Lawyer Law Firm Lindfors Antti Summa & Co Reviews.
This company did not comment on web service and its activities. WOT did not respond to media interview requests.