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Protecting Yourself

Protecting Your Privacy, Your Identity, and Your Money

Staying Informed and Making Yourself Heard

Groups active in privacy advocacy

There are many consumer rights and advocacy groups that are actively involved in researching privacy issues and working for privacy rights. The following list gives a sample.

Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

An excellent source for timely, up-to-date information on all aspects of privacy issues. Links to other resources, also. It has descriptions and links to many other consumer privacy advocacy groups and resources. We recommends their website and resources as a great place to start.

Consumers Union

The organization that publishes Consumer Reports is also active in many consumer issues including privacy issues, particularly financial privacy, identity theft, and Consumer WebWatch. provides "daily news, information, and initiatives on privacy. This web page is a joint project of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Privacy International."

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

This site provides information on various privacy issues and links to information from a variety of sources. Check out the Privacy Survival Guide.

Federal Trade Commission Privacy Initiatives

The Federal Trade Commission is the government agency with oversight of consumer fraud and privacy issues in the marketplace (and that means via phone or online as well as in person). You can file complaints about spam, identity theft, or fraud related to any transaction (online or in person) using links on the Privacy Initiative.

Center for Democracy and Technology

This organization focuses on IT, the Internet, and public policy related to privacy issues and advocacy.

<Liberty Coalition

The Liberty Coalition focuses on restrictions on privacy, autonomy and liberty related issues such as the Patriot Act, National Identification Cards/National Drivers License and Government data banks. They also cover medical and financial privacy and confidentiality.

Contacting Your Government Representatives

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