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Privacy in the Digital Age


The Digital Age has transformed everything we do, from buying groceries to boarding an airplane, from treating an illness to socializing with friends and family. The Internet’s impact on our lives cannot be overestimated, and its impact on the U.S. economy is no less significant. The Internet accounted for 4.7% of all U.S. economic activity in 2010, contributing more to the American economy than the entire federal government. Behind this extraordinary progress is a set of emerging technologies and business models that are challenging our ability to control how and with whom our private information is shared, and changing our very understanding of privacy. These developments in technology and enterprise have created new privacy risks for individuals and corporations alike. This initiative will explore the best ways to manage those risks – from geo-location tracking to cyberbullying, from data collection to data breaches – bringing the energy and legal weight of this organization to investigate, educate, and take steps necessary to ensure that the Internet’s major players protect online privacy and provide meaningful options for privacy control, while continuing to enhance our lives and our economy.

Visit Attorney General Gansler's Presidential Initiative Summit page where all information and meeting materials may be found.

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April 15, 2013

AG Gansler Announces Online Safety Campaign with Facebook

A NAAG/Facebook effort aimed at helping teens manage their privacy and stay safe.

All 'Privacy in the Digital Age' Presidential Summit Meeting Materials