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Internet Privacy Unit
On January 28, 2013, Data Privacy Day, Attorney General Gansler announced the formation of an Internet Privacy Unit. This Unit monitors companies to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal consumer protection laws, including the Maryland Personal Information Protection Act and the federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which, in most cases, restricts companies from collecting personal information of children under 13 years old. The Unit also examines weaknesses in online privacy policies and works alongside major industry stakeholders and privacy advocates to provide outreach and education to businesses and consumers to broaden awareness about privacy rights so they are more equipped to manage online privacy challenges. The Unit will pursue enforcement actions where appropriate to ensure consumers' privacy is protected.
Children's Online Privacy Workgroup
The OAG Children’s Online Privacy Workgroup was created by statute in spring 2013. The statute directs the Office of the Attorney General to “convene and direct a workgroup to examine issues relating to the protection of children’s privacy while using the Internet and mobile applications.” The Workgroup’s examination of these issues is to include study of the nature and extent of data collected about children through online advertising, the current federal and state regulatory landscape for online data collection affecting children, and industry and consumer best practices. The Workgroup will report its findings and any resulting recommendations to the Senate Finance Committee and House Economic Matters Committee on or before December 31, 2013.
The first meeting of the new OAG Children’s Online Privacy Workgroup was held at the Office of the Attorney General on June 25, 2013.
The next meetings of the new OAG Children’s Online Privacy Workgroup are scheduled for
If you plan to attend any of these meetings, please e-mail email@example.com or call Carol Scheiber at (410) 576-7943 so that we may make the necessary arrangements. We can only plan to accommodate those who RSVP.
If you have comments that you would like to submit to the Children’s Online Privacy Workgroup for consideration, please email them to ChildrensPrivacy@oag.state.md.us. Thank you.
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