Robert Ellis Smith
Robert Ellis Smith is a journalist who uses his training as an attorney to report on the individual’s right to privacy. Since 1974, he has published Privacy Journal, a monthly newsletter on privacy in a computer age based in Providence, R.I.
His first book, Privacy: How to Protect What’s Left of It, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1980.
His latest is a 2018 eBook about famous persons encountered in nearly six decades as a journalist and advocate, Faces I Have Known.
Smith is the author of Ben Franklin’s Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity from Plymouth Rock to the Internet (2004), the first and only published history of privacy in the U.S. He is also the author of Our Vanishing Privacy (1993), The Law of Privacy Explained (1993), Privacy: How to Protect What’s Left of It; Workrights, a book describing individual rights in the work place; and The Big Brother Book of Lists. Privacy Journal also publishes Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws, Celebrities and Privacy (2006), War Stories, a collection of anecdotes on privacy invasions and an electronic guide to privacy laws called Consumer’s Handheld Guide to Privacy Protections.
The New York Times said Smith “sounds the alarm about maintaining freedom and privacy in the computer age” and called him “a principled critic.” Privacy Journal is “a privacy watchdog,” according to Time magazine.