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PRC Mission and Goals:

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC) is a nonprofit consumer organization with a two-part mission -- consumer information and consumer advocacy. It was established in 1992 and is based in San Diego, California. It is primarily grant-supported and serves individuals nationwide.

The PRC'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.

PRC Services:

  • A hotline 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.
  • 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

3033 5th Ave., Ste. #223

San Diego, CA 92103

(619) 298-3396