|Maryland Personal Information Protection Act|
|CITATION||Maryland Code, Commercial Law: § 14-3501 et seq.|
|SUMMARY||In order to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use, modification, or disclosure, a business that owns or licenses personal information of an individual residing in Maryland must implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices that are appropriate to the nature of the personal information owned or licensed and the nature and size of the business and its operations.|
The law applies to an individual's first name or first initial and last name in combination with any one or more of the following data elements, when the name or the data elements are not encrypted, redacted or otherwise protected by another method that renders the information unreadable or unusable:
|INDUSTRY||Any business that owns or licenses personal information of an individual residing in the State.|
A violation is considered a violation of the consumer fraud law. The Attorney General can pursue an injunction to prevent future violations. The Attorney General may also pursue monetary damages and can recover the State’s costs.
The Act provides for a number of civil and criminal penalties: