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§ 6-202. Electronic Transaction Education, Advocacy, and Mediation Unit

West's Annotated Code of MarylandState Government

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
State Government (Refs & Annos)
Title 6. Attorney General (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 2. Electronic Transactions Protection Act (Refs & Annos)
MD Code, State Government, § 6-202
§ 6-202. Electronic Transaction Education, Advocacy, and Mediation Unit
Established
(a) There is an Electronic Transaction Education, Advocacy, and Mediation Unit in the Office of the Attorney General.
Purpose
(b) The purpose of the Unit is to protect the privacy of individuals' personal information and to protect the public from unlawful conduct or practices in electronic transactions.
Duties
(c) The Unit shall:
(1) receive complaints concerning:
(i) any persons obtaining, compiling, maintaining, using, disclosing, or disposing of personal information in a manner that may be potentially unlawful or violate a stated privacy policy relating to that individual; and
(ii) unlawful conduct or practices in electronic transactions;
(2) provide information and advice to the public on effective ways of handling complaints that involve violations of:
(i) privacy related laws, including identity theft and identity fraud; or
(ii) unlawful conduct or practices in electronic transactions;
(3) refer complaints where appropriate to local, State, or federal agencies that are available to assist the public with privacy and electronic transaction related complaints;
(4) develop information and educational programs and materials to foster public understanding and recognition of the issues related to privacy in electronic commerce and unlawful conduct or practices in electronic transactions;
(5) identify consumer problems in, and facilitate the development and use of best practices by persons engaged in electronic commerce for the protection of the privacy of personal information in electronic transactions;
(6) promote voluntary and mutually agreed upon nonbinding arbitration and mediation of privacy related or electronic transaction disputes where appropriate;
(7) investigate and assist in the prosecution of:
(i) identity theft and other privacy related crimes, and, as necessary, coordinate with local, State, and federal law enforcement agencies in the investigation of similar crimes; and
(ii) unlawful conduct or practices in electronic transactions; and
(8) assist and coordinate in the training of local, State, and federal law enforcement agencies regarding identity theft, other privacy related crimes, and unlawful conduct or practices in electronic transactions as appropriate.

Credits

Added by Acts 2001, c. 440, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2001.
MD Code, State Government, § 6-202, MD STATE GOVT § 6-202
Current through all legislation from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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