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Maryland AG Announces Privacy Enforcement Unit

Maryland AG Announces Privacy Enforcement Unit

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Maryland AG Press Release
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2/1/13Maryland Attorney General - News Releasewww.oag.state.md.us/Press/2013/012813.html1/2
 
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For Immediate Release Media Contacts:David Paulson,410-576-6357dpaulson@oag.state.md.usAlan Brody,410-576-6956abrody@oag.state.md.us
Attorney General Gansler Forms Internet Privacy Unit
 Data Privacy Day heightens focus on online safety efforts
Baltimore, MD ( Jan. 28, 2013)
- Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announcedthe formation of a new unit within his office focused on protecting the privacy of onlineusers. The announcement coincides with today's celebration of Data Privacy Day, a globalcampaign to make consumers more aware of their digital footprint - personal information andsensitive records that are collected, shared and stored online."Internet privacy is one of the most essential consumer protection issues of the 21st century,"said Attorney General Gansler. "I created this new unit to ensure that Marylanders who usethe Internet every day have someone on their side, watching out for illicit online activities andworking with key stakeholders to improve gaps in privacy policies."As current president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), AttorneyGeneral Gansler is spearheading a national initiative entitled "Privacy in the Digital Age." Athree-day conference this spring will be the centerpiece of that yearlong examination.Attorney General Gansler's Internet Privacy Unit is an interdivisionalunit that includes Chief Deputy Attorney General Katherine Winfree, Senior Advisor Antigone Davis, ConsumerProtection Division Chief William D. Gruhn, Consumer Protection Division Deputy Chief Philip Ziperman and Assistant Attorney General Steve Ruckman, who is serving as directorof the Unit.The Unit will monitor companies to ensure they are in compliance with state and federalconsumer protection laws, including the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA),which, in most cases, restricts companies from collecting personal information of childrenunder 13 years old. The Unit will also examine weaknesses in online privacy policies andwork alongside major industry stakeholders and privacy advocates to provide outreach andeducation to businesses and consumers to broaden awareness about privacy rights so they aremore equipped to manage online privacy challenges. Additionally, the Unit will pursueenforcement actions where appropriate to ensure consumers' privacy is protected.The emergence and evolution of the Digital Age has created new and significant privacy risks

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