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Radio-Frequency Identification Document Advisory Panel

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The California Radio-Frequency Identification Document Advisory Panel is an eleven person panel comprised of government officials, industry representatives and privacy rights organizations. Represented groups include organizations focused on protecting civil liberties, privacy rights, and consumer rights as well as state government, county governments, libraries, and schools. Also included is a representative from the electronics industry, a cryptography security specialist, an electronic security specialist, and an electronic privacy attorney.

The focus of the Advisory Panel is to:

  • Provide technical advice and best practice approaches to the CRB regarding the use of radio-frequency identification (RFID) systems in their many different applications, and
  • Outline the strengths and weaknesses of potential approaches to privacy and security using RFID technology.

Advisory Panel Chair

Susan Hildreth
State Librarian of California
Libraries Representative

State Librarian of California Susan Hildreth, who Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed in July 2004, oversees the 157-year-old California State Library and manages its annual budget of $75 million in state and federal funds. A distinguished leader in public libraries for 30 years, Hildreth has served as San Francisco’s City Librarian and Deputy City Librarian, a planning consultant for the California State Library, the Deputy Director for Support Services for the Sacramento Public Library, the County Librarian for the Auburn-Placer County Library, and the Library Director for the Benicia Public Library. She is the immediate past president of the nation’s Public Library Association, which with more than 11,000 members, is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association. Susan introduced a plan to implement an RFID library materials handling system at the San Francisco Public Library and its branches which engendered much public discussion and controversy. Although RFID library materials handling has not been implemented at the San Francisco Public Library, it is being used in many other public and academic libraries in the US and other countries.


Advisory Board Members

Nicole A. Ozer
Techonology and Civil Liberties Policy Director
American Civil Liberties Union
Civil Liberties Representative

Nicole Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director at the ACLU of Northern California, working on the intersection of new technology, privacy, and free speech.

Nicole graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College, studied comparative civil rights history at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and earned her J.D. with a Certificate in Law and Technology from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California Berkeley. While attending Boalt Hall, Nicole was Executive Editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, served as co-president of her law class, was honored by the law school for excellence in clinical advocacy, and awarded the Young Bear Award by the University of California, Berkeley for service to the community.

Before joining the American Civil Liberties Union, Nicole was an intellectual property litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP, worked on diverse civil liberties technology projects with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at Boalt Hall, developed an award-winning youth volunteer program in Santa Clara County, and served as a staff member and intern for several local elected officials. Nicole was recognized by San Jose Magazine in 2001 for being one of 20 “Women Making a Mark” in Silicon Valley.


Beth Givens
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Privacy Rights Representative

Beth Givens is founder and director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, established in 1992. She has developed the Fact Sheet series as author and/or editor. She authored the encyclopedia entries on identity theft for Encyclopedia of Privacy (2007), World Book Encyclopedia (2004) and Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment (2002). She is author of The Privacy Rights Handbook: How to Take Control of Your Personal Information (Avon, 1997) and is co-author of Privacy Piracy: A Guide to Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft (1999). She contributed a chapter on consumer and privacy rights to the 2006 book, RFID: Applications, Security and Privacy.

Givens represents the interests of consumers in public policy proceedings at the state and federal levels (California Legislature, U.S. Congress, and federal and state regulatory agencies). Her contributions to legislative hearings, regulatory workshops, and public policy conferences can be found in the Speeches & Testimony section of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse web site (

Givens has participated in numerous task forces and commissions including: California REAL ID Act Privacy & Security Work Group, California Office of Privacy Protection Advisory Committee, California Secretary of State Voter Privacy Task Force, TRUSTe Wireless Advisory Committee, U.S. Decennial Census Advisory Committee, Justice Management Institute Advisory Committee on Electronic Access to Court Records, California Task Force on Criminal Records Identity Theft, California Legislature's Joint Task Force on Personal Information and Privacy; and the California Judicial Council's Subcommittee on Privacy and Access.

She is often interviewed by the media on consumer privacy issues, including: The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, NPR Morning Edition, NPR Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, and all major U.S. newspapers.

Prior to her work as a consumer advocate, she was a librarian specializing in library network development and resource sharing.


Leilani Aguinaldo Yee
Legislative Advocate
Consumer Federation of California
Consumer Rights Representative

Leilani Aguinaldo Yee is a legislative advocate for the Consumer Federation of California. CFC is a non-profit advocacy organization that campaigns for state and federal laws that place consumer protection ahead of corporate profit. Recent CFC legislative issues include: protecting consumer financial privacy, enacting cell phone users rights, and strengthening food safety laws.

In her work for the Consumer Federation of California, Leilani has been involved in various legislation dealing with privacy issues in the public and private sector. It is in this context that Leilani has advocated for the creation of privacy protection standards for Radio Frequency Identification Documents. She is a proponent of minimum security standards for RFID in drivers' licenses, school identification and other government issued documents. Leilani has also worked on legislation that would require consumers be informed of the presence of RFID chips in consumer products such as credit cards and how consumers can ensure that their personal information is secure.

In her advocacy work, Leilani works with consumer and privacy groups, business interests and community organizations as well as members of the Legislature and the Governor's office.


Bill Newill
Vice President, SecuraKey
Security (Cryptography) Representative

Bill began his career with E.I. DuPont for 12 years, spent a few of years with National Security Agency before running his own company for 5 years, before joining the security industry. Access Control and security systems have been Bill’s major focus for 20 years while managing manufacturing organizations and large system integrators. Bill has spent the past 7 years creating and developing an RFID business unit into today’s well-recognized manufacturer of RFID readers and cards/tags.

Bill’s knowledge of RFID technology and its applications have led to his work in standards development, education programs and promoting active dialogue on many technology fronts. Twenty years of managing manufacturing organizations and large system integrators has provided extensive experience for a wide variety of applications primed to take advantage of the RFID technology.

Bill is active in industry organizations promoting industry standards and dialogue. Bill currently serves on the Board of Directors of SIA (Security Industry Association) and at least 6 SIA standing committees as well, including Marketing, Business Development, Government Relations, PIV Working Group and the RFID Working Group. Bill is a member of ASIS International (worldwide security), Chair of INCITS E-22 (Authentication and Chain of Custody using RFID technologies) standards group and serves as Acting Executive Director of IAIT (International Association for Identification Technologies). He is active as a conference speaker and events sponsor and advisor.


Randy Vanderhoof
Executive Director
Smart Card Alliance
Security (Electronic) Representative

Randy Vanderhoof is the Executive Director of the Smart Card Alliance. The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association of over 160 member firms working to accelerate the widespread acceptance of smart card technology in North America and Latin America. He came to the Alliance in January 2002 and became the interim director in March. He was named Executive Director in August 2002. He is also served as on the Executive Board for the Alliance as a corporate member from 1998 – 2001.

Prior to joining the Smart Card Alliance, he was Senior Project Manager and Solutions Sales Manager for IBM Global Smart Card Solutions; an international product group supporting IBM’s smart card services to its global banking, healthcare, and government industry vertical teams. From 2000 to 2001, he was Vice President Business Development with First Access, Inc. a developer of contactless smart card technology for network access security and authentication. From 1995 to 2000, he worked at Schlumberger (now Gemalto) as Market Segment Manager, Campus Solutions supporting the development and marketing of smart card–based identification and payment systems.

Randy is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA with a BS in Management Marketing. He received his MBA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ.


J. Clark Kelso
California State Chief Information Officer
State Government Representative

Professor J. Clark Kelso serves as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Special Advisor on Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the State of California. As Chief Information Officer, he is responsible for providing State leadership on information technology policy and for working collaboratively with other information technology leaders throughout state government.

Professor Kelso has held several other leadership positions in California government. He currently sits as the Governor’s designee to and Chair of the California Earthquake Authority. He has previously served as Acting Director of the Department of General Services, Acting Director of the Department of Information Technology, Acting Insurance Commissioner, and Scholar-in-Residence at the California Administrative Office of the Courts. Professor Kelso is the Director of the Capital Center for Government Law and Policy at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Professor Kelso earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Illinois, and a juris doctorate degree from Columbia Law School. He was a law clerk to Judge Anthony M. Kennedy on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.


Roxanne Gould
Senior Vice President for California Government and Public Affairs
American Electronics Association
Electronics Industry Representative

Roxanne Gould is the Senior Vice President for California Government and Public Affairs.

Based in the Sacramento, CA office, Roxanne is responsible for developing and leading AeA’s statewide grassroots and government communications strategy, in close cooperation with AeA member companies throughout the state of California. She also serves as spokesperson for California high-tech public policy priorities with the media.

She joins AeA with 19 years of statewide public policy experience and has a working knowledge of important high-tech issues such as privacy, protective orders, consumer affairs and employee relations. She advocated these issues and others for multiple clients in her position at Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould & Birney. During her tenure at Bank of America as Vice President, Director of Government Relations and Interstate Political Support, Gould developed, implemented, and advocated legislative initiatives for California consumer, wholesale and economic issues.

She has also held legislative affairs positions at TRW, The California Building Industry Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce.

Roxanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Information and Communication Studies from California State University at Chico. She is currently the president of the Sacramento YWCA.


Steve Keil
Director Legislative Services
California State Association of Counties
County Government Representative

Steve Keil has been the Director of Legislative Services for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) since November 1996. He has also been the Legislative Representative responsible for legislation on behalf of CSAC in the areas of employee relations, affirmative action, retirement, workers’ compensation and other employee benefits before the State Legislature, the Administration and state agencies since February 1991.

Prior to Steves service with CSAC, he was the Personnel Director of San Luis Obispo County from 1980 to 1991 and is a past President of the County Personnel Administrator’s Association of California. He was also employed in the Personnel Departments of both Monterey and Contra Costa Counties.

Steve received his Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Bachelor’s Degree from California State University, Hayward.


Jennifer King
Research Specialist
Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic
Electronic Privacy Attorney Representative

Jennifer King is a social technologist who draws upon her training in the social sciences and human-computer interaction to investigate the issues that arise when technology and society collide. As a researcher at the Samuelson Law, Technology, & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley's School of Law, Ms. King focuses on privacy and security in sensor networks and ubiquitous computing (including RFID and video surveillance technologies), usable security, and deviant user behavior in online environments.

Prior to joining the Samuleson Clinic, Ms. King spent nearly a decade in Internet application development. At the Internet search company Yahoo!, Ms. King specialized in security, Internet crime, and online communities.

In 2007, Ms. King published a case study (co-authored with Berkeley law professor Deirdre Mulligan and engineering Ph.D student Marci Meingast) of the adoption process of the United States' RFID enabled e-Passport. She is currently investigating usability and privacy issues with RFID identity cards and consumer products.

Ms. King received her master’s degree in Information Science in 2006 from UC Berkeley’s School of Information (“I-School”), and graduated with honors in Political Science and Sociology from the University of California, Irvine, in 1994.


Paul Preston
Washington Unified School District West Sacramento
Schools Representative

Paul Preston is the Principal of the Yolo Education Center in West Sacramento, CA. A 34-year educator in the State of California, Paul started his teaching career in Southern California as a high school science teacher. After 14 years teaching high school science, Paul became a high school administrator. During Paul's formative years as a high school administrator he became familiar with a number of student monitoring systems that utilized student identification cards in the mid 1980's. Utilizing then state-of-the-art technology, Paul was able to successfully implement a number of student identification systems that identified students not only with their picture, but also with bar code and magnetic strip technologies. In 1984, Paul created the "Isee'm" program or "In Sight in Everyone's Mind" for missing children. The ISee'm program was one of the first programs to utilize the pictures and data of missing and exploited children in classrooms, schools and district offices. Requiring the pulling together of pictures and data regarding missing and exploited children, the ISee'm program was one of the first of it's kind to utilize a large number of data bases from across the county including resources from a then "reluctant" Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Paul has for years worked with law enforcement in implementing successful anti-drug and anti-gang awareness in schools. Paul has served as a county School Attendance and Review Board (SARB) Chairman in Plumas County. Most recently Paul served on Governor Schwarzenegger's "Cyber Safety" committee representing the Association of California School Administrators through the Department of Consumer Affairs, which partnered with the California Coalition for Children’s Internet Safety to help parents and community leaders protect children from predators in the online world. The Coalition includes business and education leaders, parent groups, government agencies, law enforcement, and community organizations. The Coalition's mission is to foster collaboration between stakeholders and experts.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fullerton and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from California State University, San Bernardino. Paul lives in Yuba City, CA with his wife Laura Walker Preston. They have 2 daughters, Anna and Lauren.

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