Called the “dean of corporate privacy officers” by Inter@ctive Week Magazine, Ray Everett 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 currently serves as Director of Privacy Services for leading Internet performance monitoring firm Keynote Systems. Previously he was founder of PrivacyClue LLC, a boutique privacy consultancy. From 2001 to 2004, he served as the head of the corporate consulting practice for ePrivacy Group, a leading privacy consultancy. There he was part of the team that founded TurnTide, Inc., an anti-spam technology firm that was sold to Symantec Corp in 2005.
Prior to his work at AllAdvantage, Ray was an attorney with the Washington, DC-area telecommunications law firm of Haley Bader & Potts, PLC. 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 an early and influential leader in the emerging online advertising and marketing policy world. Ray was a founding board member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (previously called 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 was a co-founder and served as counsel for the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email from 1997 to 2008.
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 has also testified before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the Federal Trade Commission, served as an expert witness in numerous notable lawsuits about privacy and security practices, and made hundreds of radio and television appearances.
A graduate of George Mason University, Ray received a law degree from the National Law Center at The George Washington University. He is based in San Francisco, CA.