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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
David Paulson, 410-576-6357
dpaulson@oag.state.md.us

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler Elected President
of National Association of Attorneys General
"Privacy in the Digital Age" will be presidential initiative

Anchorage, Alaska (June 22, 2012) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has been unanimously elected the 105th President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) by his peers during NAAG's Annual Summer Meeting. The nonpartisan association of chief legal officers from each state, territory and the District of Columbia has used its vast and varied expertise, experience and legal authority to address many of the nation's most serious legal, social and economic issues, such as the home foreclosure crisis, tobacco litigation, financial fraud, human trafficking and internet crime.

"As the chief legal officers of our states, Attorneys General are engaged in every aspect of state governance. We are uniquely positioned to make a real difference in the lives of the citizens in our states, and we do so every day," said Attorney General Gansler. "It is an honor to serve as NAAG President. I look forward to working with my colleagues on some of our states' and our nation's most pressing issues."

Upon accepting office, Attorney General Gansler announced his intent to examine "Privacy in the Digital Age" as his yearlong Presidential Initiative.

"The Digital Age has transformed everything we do, from buying groceries to boarding an airplane, from treating an illness to socializing with friends and family. These changes have raised some unique and significant challenges to privacy," said Attorney General Gansler. "With this initiative, we will bring the energy and legal weight of this organization to investigate, educate and take necessary steps to ensure that the Internet's major players protect the privacy of online consumers while balancing their legitimate business interests."

Currently serving his second term in office, Attorney General Gansler has also served as Chairman of the Democratic Attorneys General Association. He has also chaired NAAG committees on Youth Access to Alcohol and Environment and Energy. Gansler is the second Attorney General from Maryland elected to NAAG's top office. The first was Attorney General Francis Burch, elected in 1970.

For Attorney General Gansler's bio: http://www.oag.state.md.us/bio.htm

For more information about the Maryland Office of Attorney General: http://www.oag.state.md.us/

For more information about NAAG accomplishments and initiatives: http://www.naag.org/press_room.php

To visit the NAAG website: http://www.naag.org/

   

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