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Public Information Research, Inc. (PIR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, tax-exempt public charity incorporated in 1989 and run by Daniel Brandt that "specializes in monitoring privacy violations on the web". [1] 501(c)(3) is a provision of the US tax code that provides exempt status, for Federal income tax purposes, for some non-profit organizations in the United States (see 26 U.S.C. Â§ 501(c)(3)). The term refers to: Section 501. ... Daniel Leslie Brandt (born 1947) is an American activist and frequent commentator on privacy issues and the World Wide Web. ... Internet privacy consists of privacy over the media of the Internet: the ability to control what information one reveals about oneself over the Internet, and to control who can access that information. ...

In 2005, Brandt reported the San Antonio, Texas-based organization had annual revenue of under $20,000.[2] Directors are listed as Daniel Brandt (president), Martha Moran (vice president), Steve Badrich (secretary), Dennis Brutus, Randy Guffey, Kathleen L. Kelly, and Bob Richards. Advisors are listed as Robert Fink, Fred Goff, Jim Hougan, John Loftus, Carl Oglesby, and Peter Dale Scott. Nickname: Alamo City Official website: www. ...

On 2005-01-03, PIR released into the public domain code for a Google scraper called Scroogle. This program is part of Brandt's efforts via Google Watch, a site that monitors and criticizes the company. Brandt also used PIR letterhead to contact Brian Chase's employer during Brandt's investigation into the John Seigenthaler Sr. Wikipedia biography controversy. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Google Inc. ... Screen scraping is a technique in which a computer program extracts data from the display output of another program. ... Google Watch is a website run by Public Information Research, started in 2002 by Daniel Brandt. ... Brian Chase (born circa 1967) is a United States citizen who posted false information on Wikipedia, which led to the John Seigenthaler Sr. ... John Seigenthaler Sr. ...


  1.   Daniel Brandt (December 5, 2005). Letter to Rush Delivery on PIR letterhead.

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