KEY PRIVACY & CONSUMER GROUPS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

HTTP://WWW.PRIVACY.ORG
**Gateway to privacy news, information and action coordinated by EPIC and Privacy International.**

PRIVACY RIGHTS CLEARING HOUSE (http://www.privacyrights.org)
Find detailed factsheets and information on all your privacy rights and learn how to prevent identity theft and protect your financial privacy. The PRC's consumer guides on the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act provide in-depth information on the new federal law, with tips on how to shop for more privacy-friendly financial institutions. Go to http://www.privacyrights.org/financial.htm for the PRC's financial privacy publications. The Privacy Survival Guide provides steps for taking control of your personal information.

PRIVACY COALITION (http://www.privacycoalition.org/)
The nation's leading privacy, civil liberties, consumer, and family-based organizations endorsing strong privacy protections.

ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER (http://www.epic.org)
EPIC is a public interest research center in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values. EPIC publishes the leading online privacy newsletter, the EPIC Alert.

U.S. PIRG (http://www.pirg.org/consumer)
The state Public Interest Research groups (PIRGs) are leading consumer and environmental advocates that place a strong emphasis on fighting for privacy and against identity theft both in the states and through their national association, U.S. PIRG.

CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA (http://www.consumerfed.org)
is a coalition of 240 national, state and local consumer groups around the country. CFA actively supports strong privacy protection.

CONSUMERS UNION (http://www.consumer.org/)
is the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine. Its advocacy offices in Washington, DC, Austin, TX and San Francisco fight for privacy at the state and national level.

PRIVACY TIMES (http://www.privacytimes.com)
is a leading journal of privacy law and policy, published by privacy advocate Evan Hendicks.

PRIVACY JOURNAL (http://www.townonline.com/specials/privacy/)
is a leading journal of privacy law and policy published by privacy advocate Robert Ellis Smith.

JUNKBUSTERS (http://www.junkbusters.com)
offers free software and other tools to fight junk mail, spam, cookies, and other forms of privacy invasion.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION (http://www.essential.org) is the homesite for research and action organizations affiliated with Ralph Nader.

PRIVACY INTERNATIONAL (http://www.privacyinternational.org)
coordinates privacy campaigns internationally and issues the annual "Orwell Big Brother" awards to the worst privacy invaders -- agencies, officials and corporations.

CONSUMER TASK FORCE FOR AUTOMOTIVE ISSUES (http://www.autoissues.org)
The Consumer Task Force for Automotive Issues was co-founded by Ralph Nader and Remar Suttton. The Tast force monitors auto fraud activites for consumer groups, attorneys general, and plaintiff firms.

NATIONAL CONSUMERS LEAGUE (http://www.nclnet.org) Established in 1899, NCL advocates for consumers' and workers' rights. Among the information it offers is how to shop safely online, protect your online privacy and security, and avoid Internet and telemarketing fraud.