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Harland Clarke Digital Named a Top Trusted Website in OTA's 2016 Online Trust Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Year

Harland Clarke Digital recognized for continued excellence in consumer protection,
data security and responsible privacy practices


SAN ANTONIO (June 16, 2016) — Harland Clarke Digital today announced it has been named to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) 2016 Online Trust Honor Roll for demonstrating commitment to leadership in best practices in security, privacy and consumer protection. This is the fifth consecutive year Harland Clarke Digital has received this designation.

“Harland Clarke has a strong history serving as a valued provider and source of strategic online expertise, helping clients successfully navigate the changing digital landscape,” said Dan Singleton, President and CEO, Harland Clarke. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the OTA for our work in ensuring the security, privacy and integrity of our clients’ data. This recognition demonstrates the importance Harland Clarke places on ensuring the trustworthiness of online information.”

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 781 data breaches in 2015, compromising 169,068,505 records containing personally identifiable information. A study by IBM found the average cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, representing a 23 percent increase since 2013.

OTA, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with industry leaders to enhance online trust, completed comprehensive audits analyzing nearly 1,000 domains and privacy policies, including approximately 100,000 web pages and more than 500 million emails for this report. The composite analysis included nearly 50 metrics focusing on 1) site & server security, 2) domain, brand, email and consumer protection and 3) privacy policy and practices. In addition to the in-depth analysis of their web sites, Domain Name Systems (DNS), outbound emails, and public records were analyzed for recent data breach incidents and FTC settlements. Key sectors audited include the Internet Retailer® Top 500, FDIC 100, Top 100 Consumer Services, Top 100 Media / Content sites, as well as OTA members and consumer-facing U.S. government sites.

“For the Internet to thrive, users must trust their information will be secure and their privacy will be respected,” said Craig Spiezle, CEO and Executive Director of OTA. “Businesses have a responsibility to take a holistic view of security and privacy through continuous monitoring of processes, practices and policies, so users feel confident trust is well placed. Harland Clarke’s leadership with their clients and industry in these areas are critical to the prosperity and innovation of online services.”

Now in its eighth year, the Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll is a comprehensive, independent online trust benchmark study. Started in 2008 as an effort to drive adoption of best practices, its objectives are to 1) recognize leadership and commitment to best practices which aid in the protection of online trust and confidence in online services, 2) enable businesses to enhance their security, data protection and privacy practices, 3) move from compliance to stewardship, demonstrating support of meaningful self-regulation, and 4) promote security & privacy as part of a company’s brand promise and value proposition.

To review the full 2016 Honor Roll report, please download a free copy at: https://otalliance.org/HonorRoll. A live webinar briefing is being held on June 28: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2197260013273562371.

ABOUT The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet. Its goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users' security, privacy and identity. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, and meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. Its members and supporters include leaders spanning the public policy, technology, ecommerce, social networking, mobile, email and interactive marketing, financial, service provider, government agency and industry organization sectors. https://otalliance.org

About Harland Clarke
Harland Clarke (www.harlandclarke.com) is a leading provider of integrated payment solutions, multi-channel marketing services, operational support and retail products. By delivering data-driven solutions through its superior analytical capabilities, it empowers nearly 12,500 financial and commercial clients and 3.5 million SMB customers to cultivate, retain and acquire new business. Harland Clarke is a catalyst for growth and has earned the trust of clients ranging in size from major financial institutions and corporate brands to small businesses and individual consumers. Client focus has earned the company a reputation for exceptional quality, performance excellence and superior customer service. Harland Clarke is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harland Clarke Holdings Corp.

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Media Contact:
Debbie Serot
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Tel: 210-697-6239
Debbie.serot@harlandclarke.com