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Throughout the past year, privacy has been at the forefront of news headlines around the world. From Facebook to Google Glass, the National Security Agency to SharePoint, there is a constant balancing act to share information that we choose to share with whom we choose to share it, while simultaneously protecting we wish to keep private. Information placed on the internet and available publicly can be used in unintended ways, regardless of your original intent. This is true for public sector organizations, businesses, and individuals alike.

More and more consumers have been subjected to identity theft, so much so that a new industry has cropped up to provide insurance against these kinds of concerns. At the same time, companies and government agencies around the world remain under constant threat of cyber-attack and potential theft of sensitive data even exposure of highly sensitive data from once trusted employees, like Edward Snowden.

Indexed Web contains at least 50 billion pages and counting. There is a vast amount of information available for consumption. Additionally, the Web is the way billions of people around the world communicate with each other and with their friends and colleagues be it for work or for personal reasons. My blog post today is an example of that. Internet connection is increasingly taking more and more of a role in our everyday lives. This always on and always connected culture has led to in which information is shared constantly and regularly oftentimes by design, but sometimes without intent.

many times have you used a Web site to buy something online, complete a form, conduct online banking, the list can go on and on. Did you ever wonder if your information was safe? If your information was stolen, how likely would you be to trust that company again? If you have a compliance issue on your Web site the whole world knows!

protecting systems from the criminals or hackers who intentionally steal our information, companies have an additional obligation to behave as good corporate citizens. This includes not only making sure that their Web sites are available to everyone who should have access, regardless of any disability, but also communicating clearly with their customers and visitors about how they will use, store, and protect customer information. Web sites also serve as the front door and for many companies (like Amazon.com). For some businesses with no traditional, brick and mortar presence, their Web sites may be the consumers only experience with their brand. A high-quality experience for that Web site visitor must be one that not only reflects the brand through a well-designed and properly branded site, but also one that encourages the visitors trust and confidence in the brand so that ultimately that visitor turns into a customer.

have a difficult job when it comes to maintaining their Web sites. They must ensure the information theyre collecting is protected, yet also ensure that the Web site is accessible to a growing community of individuals who have a legal disability that may impact their ability to use one. According to the United Nations, this community consists of almost one in ten people or approximately 650 million people and counting. How can Web site designers ensure that their customers can easily and access and use their Web while maintaining site quality, brand, and privacy controls?

have the power to applaud companies that provide proper attention to these matters on their Web sites in several ways including their purchasing power as well as support through positive reviews, via word-of-mouth or even posted online. At the end of the day, if consumers make accessibility, usability, and protection of their private information a priority, then the companies competing for their dollars and their loyalties will do so as well!, we take a small but important step to help our customers enterprise businesses, government agencies, and consumers alike down that road.

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