Privacy Council, founded in October, is getting off the ground with $5 million in venture funding plus help from two major partners: Marsh USA, an insurance brokerage firm, and IBM.
Chief among the council's consulting services is an overview of rapidly developing privacy laws in the United States and abroad.
"We're not a privacy advocacy firm," said Gary Clayton, the council's chief executive. "We're trying to provide solutions, not preach."
Seizing on the current climate of consumer rights, the for-profit organization said it will advise companies on how to avoid public relations disasters by shoring up policies involving consumer data mining.
Besides English, the Web site will feature information in Spanish, German, French and Japanese.
"Privacy is the personal Y2K issue in one sense," said Clayton, who left his legal practice to start Privacy Council, based in Dallas. "As laws are being enacted, executives are going to have to comply."