SOURCE: Eloqua

June 15, 2009 11:31 ET

Eloqua First Marketing Automation Provider to Earn TRUSTe Certification

Company Becomes TRUSTe Sealholder for Commitment to Consumer Privacy Protection

VIENNA, VA and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - Eloqua today announced that it has been certified to display the TRUSTe Privacy Seal as a demonstration of its commitment to consumer privacy and trust online. The designation makes Eloqua the first and only marketing automation company to have achieved the high-level standard based on the rigorous TRUSTe certification process and compliance with ongoing oversight and TRUSTe's consumer dispute resolution process.

"By becoming a TRUSTe sealholder, Eloqua gives its customers a clear signal that it is trustworthy and respects the privacy wishes of the people who visit its Web site," said Fran Maier, CEO of TRUSTe. "Eloqua joins many other leading brands that are committed to building consumer trust online through participation in the TRUSTe Privacy Seal program."

In addition to the TRUSTe Web Privacy Seal, Eloqua also is certified to display the TRUSTe EU Safe Harbor Seal, which ensures that companies doing business in Europe comply with the Safe Harbor Program, a framework created by U.S. and European parties to avoid trade disputes resulting from international privacy laws.

Recently, Eloqua achieved another important benchmark in quality control and security with a SAS 70 audit of its flagship Eloqua Conversion Suite, making Eloqua the first marketing automation provider to have a SAS 70 audited software platform hosted in a SAS 70 audited facility. The standard helps companies identify organizations that comply with defined business processes and audit standards.

"As a company that has defined the category of marketing automation and lead generation, Eloqua's TRUSTe certification is an important milestone for us," said Joe Payne, CEO of Eloqua. "TRUSTe certification is a validation of our commitment to enabling best practices for marketers while adhering to the highest standards for safeguarding consumer privacy and information."

The TRUSTe Privacy Seal is one of the most recognized branded symbols of trust among consumers. The TRUSTe Privacy Seal communicates that a company's information gathering and dissemination practices follow guidelines for notice, choice, access, security and redress outlined in the Federal Trade Commission's Fair Information Practices. Specifically, TRUSTe sealholders agree to:

--  Disclose their information gathering and dissemination practices;
--  Give consumers choice to limit any secondary uses of their personal
    information through opt-in or opt-out;
--  Provide users with access to their personal information to correct any
    inaccuracies; and
--  Ensure that reasonable security mechanisms are being used to protect
    the data that is collected.
    

Ongoing monitoring and the Watchdog Consumer Dispute Resolution mechanism are cornerstones of the TRUSTe Privacy Seal and Certification Program. Through automated monitoring, TRUSTe systematically monitors the practices of seal program participants to ensure ongoing compliance with program requirements. In addition, TRUSTe provides consumers and organizations an effective, easy-to-use method to resolve privacy disputes through its online Watchdog Dispute Resolution service.

About Eloqua

Eloqua is the category-defining marketing automation leader and provider of best practices expertise for marketers around the world. The company's mission is to make its customers the best marketers on earth. Thousands of customers from leading companies such as American Express, AON, Apple, Cognos, Dow Jones, Fidelity, Seagate and Sybase rely on the power of Eloqua to execute, automate and measure programs that generate revenue. Eloqua helps companies read and decode their buyers' Digital Body Language™, thereby improving the quality and quantity of sales leads, increasing marketing effectiveness, and accelerating the selling process. Eloqua is headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, with offices in Toronto, London, Singapore and throughout North America. For more information, please call 866-327-8764 or email demand@eloqua.com.

About TRUSTe

TRUSTe Privacy Seals help consumers click with confidence by guiding them to trustworthy Web sites. More than 3,500 Web sites rely on TRUSTe industry best practices to help them make the right decisions about privacy and protecting confidential user information. Most of the top fifty Web sites are certified to TRUSTe's leading practices, including Yahoo, Facebook, MSN, eBay, AOL, Disney, New York Times, Comcast and Apple. To find out more about privacy, visit http://www.truste.com.

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