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“The Godfather of Privacy” * Publisher of Privacy Journal newsletter since 1974, expert on privacy and computer records; author of "Ben Franklin's Web Site: Privacy and Curiosity From Plymouth Rock to the Internet" (2004), "Privacy: How to Protect What's Left of It" (1979); "Block Island Trivia"; "Erotic Tales of Skinny Dipping in Art and Literature" (2011), "The Magnetism of Islands" (2012)

Background Information

Lawyer, government official, former newspaper reporter and editor; twice selected to write definition of privacy for World Book Encyclopedia, university instructor, journalist since 1959. 

* “The Godfather of Privacy,” says Washington attorney Stephen C. Leckar

“Still most valuable newsletter in the privacy world,” says Roger Clarke, Australian National University

Recognized stage actor in New England.

Publisher of Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws, 2015, with current updated supplements each year, plus consolidated hard copy and electronic editions.

"Block Island Trivia: Quiz for a Rainy Day" (2003 and 2008) is a fun quiz book about the tiny island off the Atlantic coast of R.I. "Naked in Nature" was published as an eBook with the title "Erotic Tales of Skinny Dipping, in Art and Literature" (2011).               

Birth Place
Providence, RI USA

Nominated for American Book Award, 1980

Additional Information

Works in progress: collected essays on public affairs, "A Left-Hander's Owner's Manual"

Contact Information
Privacy Journal
PO Box 28577 
Providence RI 02908   USA
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Privacy Journal
Descriptions of books by Robert Ellis Smith and ordering information. Excerpts from his monthly newsletter. Tips for protecting privacy.

Block Island Trivia
Ordering information for a fun-filled quiz book for readers of all ages who love Block Island, Rhode Island.

Naked in Nature, an anthology of art and literature
Ordering information for a sensual collection of the best writing, great art, and photography depicting nudity outdoors.

Order Smith's books at
Look for "Ben Franklin's Web Site," also "Compilation of State and Federal Privacy Laws," also "Block Island Trivia." All three titles available at

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