Major hires for UK’s first privacy and information protection company
Online PR News – 17-August-2012 – London – ALLOW, the information protection company, today announced that it has appointed Paul Dickinson as CTO and Gavin Lachman as CFO. Paul is a former senior architect at Moneysupermarket, IT Director at simonseeks and founder of SEODeepDive. Gavin previously qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and worked as a Strategy Consultant with Capgemini. He latterly spent almost a decade in early stage digital businesses – most recently as CFO of Webnet Entertainment as well as Head of Finance at Blinkbox Entertainment.
ALLOW helps consumers regain control of their privacy and personal data with its unique services and technology. It went live in December 2010, attracting over 10,000 members since then. ALLOW recently announced that it had raised £1.6 million in second-round funding from Arts Alliance, the technology-focussed venture capital organisation.
Justin Basini, CEO of ALLOW said: “I welcome Paul and Gavin on board and they join at a very exciting time for ALLOW, as we have now completed our next funding round and are looking to really push forward in the privacy and personal data industry. Paul’s specialist experience in tech start-ups will be invaluable for us and Gavin also has spent a lot of time in high-pressure, marketing-led, start-up environments. We have all the key players in place now to build a major business.”
Paul Dickinson said: “Technology is at the core of what ALLOW offers given that so much of our proposition is online. Everything that we have built is bespoke and I’m looking forward to developing the platform and the tools as ALLOW grows and more members sign up.”
Gavin Lachman said: “I’m delighted to be a part of the leadership team driving an exciting new tech start-up forward. ALLOW is going to pave the way for a robust and diverse personal data industry with consumers at the heart of it. The funding is an exciting platform for us to take on the privacy challenges that we know many people are facing.”
This month, ALLOW is due to launch ‘ALLOW Protect’, a comprehensive range of privacy tools and services. They include:
• Data Risk Report – see your privacy, security and identity risks
• Remove Me – prevent up to 75% of junk mail
• Email Shield – never again reveal your real email address thereby stopping spam
• Data Shield – an early warning system if your sensitive personal information is exposed
• Social Media Monitor – alerts that show you privacy, identity and security risks associated with your Facebook profile
• Browser Protection – simple to use protection to stop tracking of what you do online
• Junk Fighter – advanced junk marketing prevention
• Insurance – up to £10,000 of insurance if you are affected by identity, security or reputation risks