Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

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Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) is a California nonprofit corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. It has a two-part mission— protecting consumer information and consumer advocacy services. It was established by Beth Givens in 1992 at the University of San Diego and is currently based in San Diego, California. The PRC is primarily funded by grants and cy pres fund awards. The organization serves consumers nationwide through a comprehensive website with resources that include an online complaint submission form, numerous articles, and nearly 100 informational fact sheets in English and Spanish.


The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse's goals are to:

  • Raise consumers' awareness of how technology affects personal privacy.
  • Empower consumers to take action to control their own personal information by providing practical tips on privacy protection.
  • Respond to specific privacy-related complaints from consumers, intercede on their behalf, and, when appropriate, refer them to the proper organizations for further assistance.
  • Document the nature of consumers' complaints and questions about privacy in reports, testimony and speeches and make them available to policy makers, industry representatives, consumer advocates and the media.
  • Advocate for consumers' privacy rights in local, state, and federal public policy proceedings, including legislative testimony, regulatory agency hearings, task forces and study commissions as well as conferences and workshops.


  • An Online Complaint Center for consumers to report privacy abuses and request information on ways to protect their privacy.
  • An extensive series of fact sheets on privacy issues, available in English and some in Spanish. Subject areas include basic privacy information, computer security and data breaches, technology and online privacy, identity theft, banking and finance, credit reports, debt collection, telephone privacy, junk mail, junk faxes and spam, medical privacy, insurance, Social Security Numbers, workplace issues including background checks and employment privacy, public and government records, education, harassment, stalking, etc.
  • A web site that provides texts of all fact sheets, transcripts of PRC speeches and testimony, FAQ and index by topic, stories of consumers' experiences, and more.
  • Assistance and interviews for journalists, providing background and comments for stories.
  • A referral service for journalists and policymakers who are seeking victims of privacy abuses who have indicated a willingness to talk with the media and/or testify in legislative and regulatory agency hearings.
  • A speakers service, in which PRC staff make presentations at conferences, employee training sessions, and civic and community group meetings.



  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse website
  • Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (1997) Privacy Rights Handbook. Harper Perennial ISBN 0-380-78684-2