Albrecht is the director of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy
Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), an organization she founded in 1999 to
advocate free-market, consumer-based solutions to the problem of retail
Ms. Albrecht is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on consumer privacy. She regularly speaks on the consumer privacy and civil liberties impacts of new technologies, with an emphasis on RFID and retail issues. She has testified on RFID technology before the Federal Trade Commission, the California state legislature, the European Commission, and the Federal Reserve Bank, and she has given over a thousand television, radio and print interviews to news outlets all over the world. Her efforts have been featured on CNN, NPR, the CBS Evening News, Business Week, and the London Times, to name just a few.
Executive Technology Magazine recently called Katherine “perhaps the country’s single most vocal privacy advocate” and Wired magazine calls her the “Erin Brockovich” of RFID. A recent quote in the Montreal Gazette compared Katherine’s consumer work to that of Ralph Nader. Her success exposing corporate misdeeds has earned her accolades from Advertising Age and Business Week and caused pundits to label her a PR genius.
Katherine is a highly sought-after public speaker, informing audiences across Europe and North America with her well-researched, compelling, and often chilling accounts of how retail surveillance technology threatens our privacy. She is a frequent guest on radio programs worldwide, logging over 400 hours of airtime with her proven ability to entertain an audience and generate listener calls.
Katherine graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Marketing, and holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Harvard University. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Education at Harvard where her research focus is consumer education, privacy and psychology.