On Monday, May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, a case that examined the question of whether a plaintiff who ...25 May 2016
Maryland Attorney General Puts Privacy in the Spotlight, Establishes Internet Privacy Unit
During his keynote address at Microsoft, Gansler stated that privacy is becoming the top consumer protection issue both for his office and nationwide. He noted his belief that these issues should primarily be regulated on the state level, and mentioned a forthcoming state-wide initiative to establish one member of each county’s public school administration as a point of contact to report cyberbullying, with support from major Internet companies. Gansler has tackled cyber safety issues in the past, including through Community Leadership In Cyber Knowledge and Safety (CLICKS), an initiative aimed at providing training and resources to help educate students and their parents about Internet safety.
Also on Monday, Gansler announced the formation of a new Internet Privacy Unit within the Maryland AG’s office. The press release notes that the unit will “monitor companies to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal consumer protection laws, including the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act,” as well as “examine weaknesses in online privacy policies and work alongside major industry stakeholders and privacy advocates to provide outreach and education to business and consumers.” This comes on the heels of a similar announcement from Kamala Harris, California's Attorney General, who created a similar unit within her office in 2012.
Paul Otto, an associate in our Washington office, contributed to this entry.
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