It\’s my pleasure to announce that Mozilla has been recognized as the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy in 2012 by the Ponemon Institute, a prominent industry think tank and research group. 
More than 100,000 adult-aged consumers were asked to name up to five companies they believe to be the most trusted for protecting the privacy of their personal information. Consumer responses were gathered over a 15-week period concluding in December 2012. Mozilla placed #1 in the \”Internet & Social Media\” category and #20 on the \”Top 20 Most Trusted Companies for Privacy\”. This ranking puts Mozilla alongside other household brands like American Express, Disney, and Visa.
Our General Counsel, Harvey Anderson, posted the news to our Mozilla blog this morning, saying \”[t]his is certainly quite a distinction and the product of a user-centric philosophy…. Engineers, UX designers, security, engagement, IT and privacy folks have made thousands of small decisions over the years that have collectively created the user trust reflected by this survey.\” 
As we prepared for the official announcement on the Ponemon rankings, I asked people from across Mozilla to share their reactions. For instance, Winnie Aoieong, Senior Financial Analyst, said “What a great honor! This goes beyond Mozilla saying that we care about our users and respect our users’ privacy; this coming from a third party validating our efforts and recognizing what we always have believed. I’m extremely proud to be a Mozillian.” (Other reactions are listed below, along with a link to the Google Doc where you can share your thoughts on the rankings.)
Pride for this accomplishments should be felt by all. It\’s a true reflection of our commitment to putting people at the center of their online experience.
Again, congratulations and let\’s keep up the great privacy work this year!
Global Privacy and Public Policy Lead
Reactions from Mozillians
“Heartwarming. Let’s keep this up in 2013 by shipping Collusion!” — Gerv Markham, Governator
“This is inspirational. It makes me proud to be a Mozillian in so many ways. I feel that the majority of people really don’t realize how much of their personal information is out there and to be an employee of a company that is rated this way makes me feel awesome!” — Maya Barrow, Executive Assistant
“Being able to say that I’m part of something so big is an honor. This awards shows Mozilla’s employee dedication to the Manifesto.” — Joshua Labian, Desktop Support Intern
“I am delighted by how many people recognize that Mozilla is about more than a browser; it’s about securing our online identities and experiences. Mozilla can maintain this leadership in the public eye by continuing to deliver amazing products and being a thoughtful and reasoned voice amidst policy and commercial threats to this security we represent.” — Diane Bisgeier, Program Manager, Mozilla WebFWD Accelerator
“What a great honor! This goes beyond Mozilla saying that we care about our users and respect our users’ privacy; this is from a third party validating our efforts and recognizing what we always have believed. I’m extremely proud to be a Mozillian. Let’s continue to be the leader helping users to understand and making them feel secure in the services we provide.” — Winnie Aoieong, Senior Financial Analyst
“Here at Mozilla, we are deeply humbled to receive this recognition. Knowing that the work we do day-in and day-out is valued by the global community makes me proud to be part of Mozilla.” — Gary Kwong, Security Engineer
“Being ranked the #1 most trusted internet company is an incredible achievement that all Mozillians can feel proud of. It reaffirms what we strive to be to our users and makes our hard work that much more rewarding. It also demonstrates a growing understanding among internet users that they have choices to make online about their data. We at Mozilla should continue to educate the public about how to make good choices online and how they can protect themselves, it is working!” — Michelle Luna, Mobile & Firefox OS Support Manager
“In a world where we increasingly use the Internet and where more of our data is being used by commercial organizations, trust is getting more and more important. It’s fantastic to see Mozilla lead in this domain, and I know that being a not-for-profit organization is a great way to ensure that our goals and users’ goals are aligned and stay aligned.” — Tristan Nitot
Here\’s the link to the Google doc to add your reaction to the news: