The mission of Openly Operated is trust through transparency: to make online services as transparent as possible, in order to increase trust in the apps we all use. People shouldn't have to be in the dark about what's happening with their personal data, and companies should provide verifiable proof of the claims they make about protecting user security and privacy.
Since no standard existed, we set out to create one, so people would be able to reliably see which apps and services they could trust. This is how we came up with the concept of services that are Openly Operated™, a certification that creates trust through complete, verifiable transparency.
To achieve the goal of "trust through transparency" for all apps and services, we're happy to give away the specifications, examples, reports, tools, and other materials for Openly Operated — all for free.
To fund our operations, we are bringing full and radical transparency to one of the sketchiest industries around: VPNs. We run the first Openly Operated VPN service, Confirmed VPN, which has also helped us flesh out the details of how to build a product that anyone can verify, as well as prove that Openly Operated actually works in a live consumer app. We chose to build this because users send all their data through VPNs, so it's critical that the VPN is fully and verifiably transparent. If you'd like support Openly Operated while boosting your internet's security and privacy, please consider signing up for a free trial.
Johnny is responsible for technical decisions and building out Openly Operated's examples, specifications, and documentation. He was an engineer at Apple iCloud and since then has built several apps featured by the App Store. Johnny is an alumnus of Brown University.
Rahul builds tools for Openly Operated, and also handles legal, management, and directional decisions. He also created Duet Display, a second screen for your iPad, and has previously worked at Apple. Rahul is an alumnus of Stanford University and Georgia Tech.
User Benefits A deeper look into the many benefits for users, with examples and references.
For Companies See why companies and businesses also benefit from being Openly Operated.
How To The requirements for Openly Operated products, and how to get started.
About Us Read about the values, mission, origin, and creators of Openly Operated.
Reports See live examples of Openly Operated products and their audit reports.
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