Called the “dean of corporate privacy officers” by Inter@ctive Week Magazine, Ray Everett-Church is an internationally recognized expert on privacy law and Internet-related public policy. Joining the infomediary firm AllAdvantage.com in 1999, he became the world’s first Chief Privacy Officer, creating a position that would be hailed as one of the most important privacy developments of the year 2000. Since then, many companies — including IBM, Microsoft, Bank of America, AT&T and American Express — have followed suit, appointing their own chief privacy officers to manage their privacy issues.
Ray is the founder and principal consultant at PrivacyClue LLC, a privacy oriented consultancy. From 2001 to 2004, he served as Chief Privacy Officer for ePrivacy Group, a leading privacy consultancy, where he was part of the team that founded TurnTide, Inc. Upon the sale of TurnTide to Symantec Corp. for $28 Million, Ray took over the consulting practice of ePrivacy Group and merged it under the PrivacyClue banner.
Prior to his work at AllAdvantage, Ray was an attorney with the Washington, DC-area telecommunications law firm of Haley Bader & Potts, PLC (now part of Garvey Schubert & Barer). During his more than 15 years in legal and policy work, he has provided consulting services to Microsoft, Intuit, Pfizer, Pharmacia, Comcast, Kimberly-Clark, Household/HSBC, and Napster.
Before practicing law, Ray worked as an independent consultant to the online services industry, advising Internet service providers such as America Online and CompuServe, numerous content providers, trade associations (including the National Association of Home Builders), and start-up ventures regarding legal, technical, and policy issues.
Active in technology and privacy issues for many years, the New York Times’ online edition profiled him in 1997 as one of the most influential proponents of responsible Internet commerce.
Ray is a member of the board of directors of Whitehat.com (an opt-in email marketing venture), several start-up ventures, was a founding board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (previously the Privacy Officers Association), served as co-chair of the Internet Advertising Bureau‘s CPO Council, and is a member of the National Advisory Council of the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also serves on the board of the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email, and serves on advisory boards for the technology firms PrivacyRight, Privo, and Spoke Software.
He is a frequent commentator on legal and technology issues involving the Internet and has appeared at numerous conferences and seminars. He is a co-author of Internet Privacy for Dummies and Fighting Spam for Dummies, and has written chapters for The Internet Encyclopedia and The Handbook of Information Security, both from John Wiley & Sons Publishing. He is also a regular contributor to eSecurityPlanet.com, and appears weekly on The David Lawrence Show.
Ray has also testified before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the Federal Trade Commission, and has appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, CNBC, FOX News Channel, National Public Radio, and CBS Radio. His comments have appeared in print stories on CNN.com, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, MSNBC, and News.com.
A graduate of George Mason University, he received a law degree from the National Law Center at The George Washington University. In his spare time he is the administrator for the widely respected technology policy email discussion lists Cyberia-L and Cybertelecom-L. He is based near “Silicon Valley” in Northern California.