In this Q&A exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Divonne Smoyer, CIPP/US, speaks with Maryland AG Doug Gansler, who has been at the forefront of privacy protection efforts by state attorneys general. In 2013, as president of the National Association of Attorneys General, Gansler's focus was "Privacy in the Digital Age." He tells Smoyer, "State attorneys general have long been champions of consumers' privacy in the physical marketplace, where breaches of privacy are more easily contained," explaining, "if a company improperly disposes of a file with sensitive personal information a consumer shared, it may only be seen by a few people. In the Digital Age, however, the risks of sharing sensitive personal information are far greater." Editor’s Note: Smoyer, and Aaron Lancaster, CIPP/US, wrote about the role of the AG in privacy enforcement in a recent post for Privacy Perspectives.
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