Online Privacy Alliance
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The group's stated mission was to lead and support self-regulatory initiatives that "create an environment of trust and ... foster the protection of individuals' privacy online and in electronic commerce."
History of activities
The Online Privacy Alliance began meeting formally in the spring of 1998. In June, the Alliance announced its creation, membership, mission and guidelines.
The Alliance provided a framework for debate and a forum for attracting companies engaged in e-commerce across a wide variety of sectors -- technology, telecommunications, publishing, entertainment, marketing, finance, consumer, and more.
The Principles of the Online Privacy Alliance formed the cornerstone of the Principles later created by the Network Advertising Initiative or NAI.
The Alliance's stated objectives are as follows: Identify and advance effective online privacy policies across the private sector
A. Support and foster the development and use of self-regulatory enforcement mechanisms and activities, as well as user empowerment technology tools, designed to protect individuals' privacy
C. Support and foster the development and use of practices and policies that protect the privacy of children
E. Seek input and support for Alliance initiatives from consumer, business, academic, advocacy and other organizations that share its commitment to privacy protection.
OPA Guidelines for Online Privacy Policies
Upon joining the Online Privacy Alliance, each member organization agreed that its policies for protecting individually identifiable information in an online or electronic commerce environment would meet the requirements of the OPA's Guidelines, with customization and enhancement as appropriate to its own business or industry sector.
While the initial count of membership organizations was 80, this has since dwindled to around 30, as follows:
- Apple Computer
- AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc.
- DoubleClick Inc.
- eBay Inc.
- Time Warner Inc.
- Verizon Communications
- The Walt Disney Company
- American Advertising Federation
- Association for Competitive Technology
- Business Software Alliance
- Association of National Advertisers
- American Association of Advertising Agencies
- Information Technology Association of America
- Internet Alliance
- Motion Picture Association of America
- Online Publishers Association
- The United States Chamber of Commerce