Advisory Board to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

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Copyright © 2005-2016
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Posted September 1, 2005
Revised February 28, 2016
  • Mari Frank, JD, mediator and privacy consultant
  • Robert Gellman, JD, privacy consultant
  • Evan Hendricks, Editor / Publisher, Privacy Times
  • Susan Henrichsen, retired California Deputy Attorney General
  • Pastor Herrera, Jr., former Director, Los Angeles County Dept. of Consumer Affairs
  • Cindy Southworth, Director, National Network to End Domestic Violence

  • Biographies

    • Mari Frank, JD is an attorney, and privacy consultant. She is an advisor to the California Office of Privacy Protection, the Identity Theft Resource Center, the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, and the California DMV.  Mari hosts the radio show Privacy Piracy at the University of California, Irvine. She is author of Privacy Piracy (co-author with Beth Givens); Safeguard Your Identity: Protect Yourself with a Personal Privacy AuditFrom Victim to Victor: A Step By Step Guide for Ending the Nightmare of Identity Theft (with CD); and The Identity Theft Survival Kit. She has testified numerous times in Congress and the California Legislature, and appears regularly as an expert for the national media.  She serves as an expert witness and advises corporations and agencies on privacy issues. She is a sheriff reserve and a professor.,,
    • Robert Gellman, JD is a privacy consultant in Washington, D.C. His areas of expertise include law and policy about fair information practices, health privacy, Privacy Act of 1974, Internet privacy, access to government records (freedom of information), international data protection, and other areas. Some of his writings are available on the PRC web site,
    • Evan Hendricks has been Editor/Publisher and founder of Privacy Times (1981), a newsletter based in the Washington, D.C., area. Hendricks regularly testifies before Congress, and is a regular presenter at Federal Trade Commission workshops. He has been qualified by federal and state courts as an expert witness in the Fair Credit Reporting Act and identity theft cases. Hendricks has served as a consultant on privacy issues to federal and state governmental organizations, and businesses. He has been a featured U.S. presenter at international conferences in Paris, France, Venice, Italy, Cardiff Wales, London, England and Ottawa, Ontario. He is author of Credit Scores & Credit Reports: How the System Really Works, What You Can Do (2 nd edition, 2005).
    • Susan Henrichsen, Esq., retired after 29 years as a California Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Law Section, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of cases involving unfair or deceptive business practices. Henrichsen. participated in multi-state actions and investigations relating to credit practices and consumer credit issues and has prosecuted cases in California involving a wide variety of businesses. She was actively involved in privacy issues, including Internet privacy, the privacy of medical and financial information, and identity theft. In addition to handling cases involving information-sharing practices, she drafted comments on propose federal rules including HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley and testified on state and federal legislation. Henrichsen has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her law degree is from the University of Southern California.
    • Pastor Herrera, Jr., has been involved in the area of consumer protection for over 30 years. He was appointed Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs in 1991. The Department provides consumer protection services, including consumer counseling, complaint mediation and investigation and consumer education. Herrera serves as a Board member on various national and local non-profit organizations and has collaborated in several published works. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, a native of Los Angeles, and is fluent in Spanish. 
    • Cindy Southworth, MSW, is Director of Technology and Director of Safety Net: The National Safe & Strategic Technology Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Through this project she addresses matters such as the risk to victims of placing court records on the Internet, the dangers of batterers intercepting escape plans through technology, privacy issues related to using cordless and cell phones, and how state and local programs serving victims can use technology wisely. She has worked to end violence against women for 15 years at national, state, and local advocacy organizations and has a lifetime of technology expertise.