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CDT Writes Letter on Maryland Online Consumer Protection Act

The Honorable Delores G. Kelley, Chair
Members of the Senate Finance Committee
3 East
Miller Senate Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401

RE: SB 0613 — Maryland Online Consumer Protection Act — Neutral

Dear Chair Kelley:

The Center for Democracy & Technology is a non-profit, non-partisan technology advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., that works to promote democratic values by shaping technology policy and architecture, with a focus on the rights of the individual. CDT supports laws, corporate policies, and technological tools that protect privacy and security online. We write today to encourage the Maryland General Assembly to enact a meaningful privacy law that will protect the interests of all Marylanders.

The Maryland Online Consumer Protection Act (SB 0613) is a good first step, echoing protections established by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), but stronger privacy protections are warranted. Below, we offer several suggested improvements for the current proposal.