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Happy Safer Internet Day 2014

Today is Safer Internet Day (SID). The day is organized annually by Insafe and it takes place on the second day of the second week of February. SID aims to raise awareness about safer and more responsible use of the internet, especially amongst children and people of young age.
 
This year’s celebration features a live-webcast event in Washington DC at the National Cable Telecommunications Association Auditorium on Capitol Hill. You can also follow the event on #SID2014 on Twitter.
 
In addition, in order to promote the safe use of the internet, a lot of companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! share useful safety tips.
 
The WOT Team wishes you Happy Safer Internet Day and thank you for helping us making internet a safer place!

WOT 2013 review and behind the scenes

As 2013 reaches its end and we get ready to turn the page and welcome 2014, WOT makes a review of what happened in 2013 in numbers:
During 2013, 6.9 millions new websites were rated. Out of these, 3.89 were rated as good sites and 3.01 millions as untrustworthy.

 
Top 5 most rated categories:
Spam (3.23 millions)
Scam (2.06 millions)
Privacy risks (1.47 millions)
Suspicious (1.35 millions)
Potentially illegal (1.07 millions)
 
Top 5 categories in untrustworthy sites:
Spam (2.04 millions)
Scam (580 thousands)
Privacy risks (291 thousands)
Malware or viruses (276192)
Suspicious (270 thousands)
 
But apart from the new ratings, 2013 was important for WOT since we introduced the new version of our service. WOT Team was working heavily behind the scenes in order to make our idea come true. Here are some “behind the scenes” images with mockups of the rating window. Note that some of these images are from our internal brainstorming and consequently you have never seen them. The date of each mockup can be seen at the left corner at the bottom.
 

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The WOT Team wishes you a happy new year, full of happiness, joy, health and creativity!

Happy holidays and Happy new year

Happy holidays from the WOT Team

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Finnish investigative journalism TV show goes after a used car valuation service

On Wednesday, the investigative journalism show "45 minutes", the Finland's equivalent of "60 minutes" (yes, we're pretty efficient here up north), had a segment on autonarvio.com, a used car value assessment service. Now, the idea of the online service is pretty useful. Instead of going through data in countless classified ad sites or trying to gain access to proprietary databases that car dealers use, you enter the license plate number and the car specifications, and you get an estimate what your banged-up old car would be worth in the second-hand market.

It's just the small print that has got the car owners infuriated. The fact that the assessment costs 69 euros is written in single-digit font size next to the Terms & Conditions tickbox, in which you confirm that you are at least of 18 years old. And wait.....there is more! Once you click, the valuation process is non-cancellable and you'll get an official invoice via the snail mail.

Since July, the consumer protection agencies have received over 1,000 complaints. That's a large number in a small country, in which even a herd of thousand reindeer would be considered sizable.

In the 45 minutes interview, the lawyer of the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Kuluttajavirasto), Henri Telkki, is of the opinion that having no cancelling rights should be considered 'material information', meaning the marketing law requires it to be presented upfront. Further, officer Timo Piiroinen of the Finnish Police explains how they have received 150 filings of autonarvio.com and similar sites, and how they are also investigating whether to press charges.

So, some judiciary process is possibly awaiting these guys. But, as dictated by the fairness defined in the law, first the governmental agencies need to get in touch with autonarvio.com and give them a chance to tell their side of the story.

However, that seems to be not so straightforward. In the clip, consumer protection official in Finland, Päivi Hentunen, explained how none of their correspondence have been answered. The 45 minutes show tried to help. They actually sent a reporter to the office address in Delaware, United States, but only found a registration agency.

Maybe the autonarvio.com guys are busy travellling in Denmark or Italy in which they have similar sites? Or travelling in Estonia from where the invoices are sent and from where the invoice collection services are bought. There are many used cars in the world, after all, so the guys can be really busy.

Quite a mess.

Meanwhile, the WOT community users are slightly more straightforward. Read their verdict here.

And the winners are....

Thank you all for your comments and wishes.

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The winners of the WOT limited edition mousepads were chosen randomly this morning (Finnish time).

Here is the list of the winners:

ssoundman

teleping

yonkersmike2007

anaa0405

Laserdean

Neorikimaru

paulpriems

peerm

1990kurder

balajimc55

The winners will be also informed by private message, so check your inbox.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you all again for participating!