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Privacy Organizations

American Civil Liberties Union. National civil liberties organization. Originally founded in 1920, the ACLU conducts extensive litigation on Constitutional issues including privacy, and free speech. The ACLU Washington office lobbies Congress for civil liberties and civil rights issues. Contact: info@aclu.org. 125 Broad Street, NY, NY 10004-2400. Executive Director: Anthony Romero.

Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering. CASPIAN is a national web-based organization opposing the current trends of supermarkets to require customer information in order to receive discounts. Email kma@nocards.org. Founder: Katherine Albrecht.

Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email. CAUCE is an all volunteer, entirely web-based organization, created by Netizens to advocate for a legislative solution to the problem of UCE (spam). CAUCE began as a discussion group called SPAM-LAW, formed of members who felt that legislation was necessary to stop spam from choking the life out of the Internet. In 1997 CAUCE proposed an amendment to the Federal statute which outlaws junk “faxes” (47 USC 227) to also prohibit junk e-mail, and since then has remained a pre-eminent voice in the anti-spam community. Email: comments@cauce.org. President: Edward Cherlin.

Center for Digital Democracy. A non-profit public interest group dedicated to ensuring open access to Internet architectures.

Center for Media Education. A national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of electronic media, especially on the behalf of children and families. Provides guides, reports and other information on children’s and consumer privacy. Contact: cme@cme.org. 2120 L Street, NW Suite 518, Washington, DC 20037. Tel: (202) 331-7833. Fax: (202) 331-7841. President: Kathryn M. Montgomery.

Consumer Project on Technology. The CPT was created by Ralph Nader in 1995 to focus on a variety of issues, including telecommunications regulation, pricing of ISDN services; fair use under the copyright law; issues relating to the pricing, ownership and development of pharmaceutical drugs; impact of technology on personal privacy; and several other issues. The CPT is currently focusing on intellectual property rights, health care, electronic commerce ad competition policy. Contact: Box 19367, Washington, DC 20036, Tel: (202) 387-8030. Fax: (202) 234-5176. Director: James Love.

Cypherpunks. Informal group that develops technological solutions to protect privacy. The Cypherpunks write cryptography and other programs, set up anonymous remailers and discuss political and technical issues. Meetings are also regularly held in California and other states. Email: cyperpunks-ftp@csua.berkely.edu.

Global Internet Liberty Campaign. International coalition of 40 privacy, free speech and human rights groups dedicated to fighting international threats to privacy and free speech on the Internet. Email: gilc@gilc.org.

Privacy Coalition. A nonpartisan coalition of consumer, civil liberties, educational, family, library, labor, and technology organizations in support of legislation that effectively protects personal privacy. Contact: coalition@privacy.org.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. A California-based organization formed in 1992. The Clearinghouse has produced many fact sheets and an annual report, and maintains a toll-free hotline to provide advice to consumers about their rights. Contact: http://www.privacyrights.org/inquiryform.html. 3100 5th Ave., Suite B, San Diego, CA 92103. Tel: (619) 298-3396. Fax: (619) 298-5681. Director: Beth Givens.

US Privacy Council. A coalition of US privacy groups and individuals founded in 1991 to deal with privacy issues in the US. USPC works in Washington monitoring legislation and the activities of government agencies. USPC works closely with other groups on privacy issues including National ID cards, reforming credit reporting, Caller ID and international issues. Email: pritimes@nicom.com . Tel: (202) 829-3660. Chair: Evan Hendricks.

US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). The State Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs). Non-profit, non-partisan consumer and environmental watchdog groups. Advocates for better consumer privacy laws, preventing identity theft and correcting credit reports. Fact sheets and reports available on web. For general information, email: pirg@pirg.org. Tel:1-800-838-6554.To contact DC Office (U.S. PIRG) email: uspirg@pirg.org. 218 D Street SE, Washington, DC 20003. Tel: (202) 546-9707. Fax: (202) 546-2461. Executive Director: Gene Karpinsk.