Zero-Knowledge Systems’ Stephanie Perrin Receives EFF Pioneer Award For Role As Global Privacy Advocate

Co-Authors New Book On Privacy Legislation in Canada: “The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act: An Annotated Guide”–

Montreal, Quebec. – March 13, 2001 – The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has awarded Stephanie Perrin, an internationally recognized expert in freedom of information and privacy, with a 2001 EFF Pioneer Award. Perrin, who serves as Chief Privacy Officer for privacy technology and services company Zero-Knowledge® Systems Inc., won the award for her instrumental role over more than 15 years in advancing the understanding and protection of privacy internationally and in her home country of Canada.

EFF Chairman Brad Templeton said: “I am thrilled to see Stephanie Perrin, a fellow Canadian, recognized with this award for her tremendous efforts to protect the right to privacy and encryption in Canada and throughout the world.”

“It is a tremendous honor for me to be recognized by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and particularly important at a time when privacy is on the minds of every individual, government and business,” said Stephanie Perrin. “I am proud to have contributed to the development of privacy protection and human rights both in Canada and on the international stage, and am excited to take on new challenges at Zero-Knowledge Systems as we provide privacy-enhancing technologies to consumers and business.

Prior to joining Zero-Knowledge Systems, Perrin led the legislative initiative at Industry Canada that resulted in the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the electronic commerce privacy legislation that received Royal Assent on April 13, 2000. She also recently co-authored a book on the legislation: “The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act: An Annotated Guide”, published by Irwin Law. It can be purchased here:

Since 1991, the EFF Pioneer Awards have recognized individuals who have made significant and influential contributions to the development of computer-mediated communications or to the empowerment of individuals in using computers and the Internet. This year’s other recipients included First Amendment and intellectual freedom lawyer Bruce Ennis and anti-censorship activist and programmer Seth Finkelstein.

Formerly the Director of Privacy Policy for Industry Canada’s Electronic Commerce Task Force, Perrin manages Zero-Knowledge’s public affairs activities and acts as the company’s primary liaison to government and non-governmental organizations. An internationally recognized expert in freedom of information and privacy issues, Perrin was instrumental in developing Canada’s privacy and cryptography policies for over fifteen years. She represented Canada internationally at the OECD Security and Privacy Committee and was responsible for developing domestic privacy policies in the context of new technologies, legislation, standards and public education.

About the Electronic Frontier Foundation The EFF is the leading civil liberties organization working to protect rights in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF actively encourages and challenges industry and government to support free expression, privacy, and openness in the information society. EFF is a member-supported organization and maintains one of the most linked-to Web sites in the world: <>.

About Zero-Knowledge Systems, Inc.

Zero-Knowledge Systems ( is the leading provider of privacy enabling technologies and services for both consumers and enterprise. Zero-Knowledge Managed Privacy Services (<>) provides expert consultation and privacy-enhancing solutions that enable businesses to comply with privacy legislation, maximize customer relationships and build consumer trust without violating privacy. Zero-Knowledge Freedom® Internet Privacy Suite provides consumers free access to the most easy-to-use privacy and security features — including a personal firewall, form filler, cookie manager, ad manager and keyword alert — in addition to its leading paid premium services offering untraceable private email and anonymous browsing and chat. Freedom 2.0 for Windows 95/98, 2000, Me and Linux is available as a free download at <> and Freedom source code is available at

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