Enonymous.com has released what they call the most comprehensive report ever done on web privacy standards. While more sites than ever are posting privacy policies and a large number ask for consumer permission regarding data usage, other sites still leave the door open to share user data without consent or are silent on their practices.
Only 3.5 percent commit to never share personally-identifiable information with third parties, nor use such data to contact a user without permission. Prior to the release of this report, the ratings were useful primarily in evaluating individual sites using enonymous.com\'s free wallet software or at its privacyratings.org website. This aggregate study, however, offers insights about the overall climate of Internet privacy. For example, 4-star sites commit to never share personally-identifiable information with third parties, nor use such data to contact a user without permission. But only 3.5 percent -- or 1,027 of the 30,000 sites surveyed -- qualified for 4-stars. Among the busiest top 1000 sites, the percentage of 4-star sites was 8.6 percent, indicating more privacy sensitivity. Indeed, 630 of the top 1000 sites post some kind of policy, a major improvement from over the paltry two percent the industry offered two years ago.