MACo Raises Concerns About Changes to The Maryland Data Privacy Act

On January 19, 2021 MACo Policy Associate Alex Butler submitted written testimony to the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee to oppose SB 351 State Government – Protection of Information – Revisions (Maryland Data Privacy Act). The bill would change the Maryland Data Privacy Act, changing the processes and procedures of government concerning personal information.

From the MACo Testimony:

SB 351 would alter the list of data that requires protection under the Maryland Data Privacy Act.
Instead of being a list of types of data to protect, government officials would have to evaluate each type
of data in each situation to determine if it might be combined with something else that could reveal
identity. This is impractical and will lead to inconsistency. It is unclear how a local government will be
able to explain to software and IT vendors which information is subject to the law’s privacy

Follow MACo’s advocacy efforts during the 2021 legislative session on MACo’s Legislative Tracking Database.

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