Ray Everett

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Ray Everett
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Born 1969
Florida U.S.

Ray Everett (born 1969 in Florida and formerly known as Ray Everett-Church), is an American attorney, entrepreneur and author. He was dubbed "the dean of corporate Chief Privacy Officers" by Inter@ctive Week magazine, first creating that title and position in 1999 at Internet advertising company AllAdvantage.[1] In 1997, he was profiled by The New York Times as an influential advocate of responsible online advertising.[2]


Everett combined computers, writing and security at an early age. He purchased his first computer, a Commodore 64, and a 300-baud modem at age 14. A year later, he published his first article, writing for the Westview (a Nashville area community newspaper) and detailing his experiences as a youthful cracker of various early online services and WATS systems.

He worked for the American Immigration Lawyers Association in Washington, DC, where he first became involved with the issue of spam as a result of the notorious "Green Card Lottery" spams sent by immigration lawyers Canter & Siegel. That involvement was featured in a Wired Magazine article in 1999.[3] He continued to work on the emerging issues of spam and Internet privacy as independent consultant, where his work included developing anti-spam policies and enforcement practices for America Online, and as an Associate at the telecommunications law firm of Haley Bader & Potts PLLC in Ballston, Virginia.[4]

In 1999 he went to work for Internet infomediary AllAdvantage where he, along with AllAdvantage CEO Jim Jorgensen, conceived of the corporate Chief Privacy Officer position[5] and helped define the privacy standards for the world's first implementation of a mass market infomediary.[6] He was also the Vice President for Public Policy at AllAdvantage, where he managed lobbying and government relations, including the first piece of anti-spam legislation ever passed by the United States House of Representatives.[7] In April 2000, Everett orchestrated a visit from then-President Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker at a $1.1 Million fundraising event celebrating AllAdvantage's first anniversary.[8]

From 2001 to 2004, he served as Chief Privacy Officer and Vice President for Consulting for Philadelphia-based ePrivacy Group, a privacy consulting and anti-spam technology firm. While there he was part of the executive team that built anti-spam technology company TurnTide Inc., which was sold to Symantec Corporation in 2004 for $28 million.[9]

After privacy roles at Keynote Systems and Yahoo, in 2014 he became Principal Consultant at TRUSTe.[10]

Although he has spent considerable time working with Internet start-up ventures, his clients have included many large organizations such as Pharmacia, Pfizer, Kimberly-Clark, Intuit, Aventis, Household/HSBC, Microsoft, the National Association of Home Builders, Napster, Ericsson, Comcast, United Parcel Service, Hertz, Inter-Continental Hotels, L.L. Bean, among others. He was also a founding board member of the Privacy Officers Association (now called the International Association of Privacy Professionals) and a co-founder of the anti-spam Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email.


Everett co-authored Internet Privacy for Dummies (2002) and Fighting Spam for Dummies (2004), both part of the popular "...For Dummies" book series published by John Wiley & Sons Publishing. He has also written chapters on privacy and online legal issues for The Internet Encyclopedia (2003) and The Handbook of Information Security (2006).


Everett holds a B.A. in International Studies from George Mason University (where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper Broadside) and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School. While in law school, he studied under Professor Jonathan Turley, where he was on a litigation team challenging Black Bag Operations authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in espionage cases against former CIA agent Harold J. Nicholson and former FBI agent Earl Edwin Pitts.

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  1. ^ Trager, Louis (2000-03-29). "Everett-Church: Privacy's His Game". Inter@ctive Week Online (via Archive.org). Archived from the original on 2000-05-11. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  2. ^ Clausing, Jeri (1997-08-09). "Anti-Spam Crusader Sees Work as Mission". The New York Times. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  3. ^ Everett-Church, Ray (1999-04-13). "The Spam That Started It All". Wired News. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  4. ^ Eviatar, Daphne (2000-09-11). "Enter the CPO - Privacy Czar". American Lawyer Media. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  5. ^ Ulfelder, Steve (2001-01-15). "Oh No, Not Another O!". CIO Magazine. Archived from the original on 2006-12-06. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  6. ^ McNaughton, Kora (1999-03-30). "Pay per view ads get new twist". CNET News.com. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
  7. ^ Hu, Jim (2000-07-18). "House approves anti-spam legislation". CNET News.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  8. ^ "Clinton Pushes for Normal Trade Relations with China". CNN.com. 2000-04-03. Archived from the original on November 17, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  9. ^ Olsen, Stefanie (2004-07-12). "Symantec snaps up antispam firm". CNET News.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2006-12-18.
  10. ^ "Meet TRUSTe: Ray Everett, Director of Product Management & Principal Consultant". TRUSTe. 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2017-04-27.

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