About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - State Government
(a)   In this subtitle the following words have the meanings indicated.
(b)   “Encryption” means the protection of data in electronic or optical form, in storage or in transit, using a technology that:
(1)   is certified to meet or exceed the level that has been adopted by the Federal Information Processing Standards issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and
(2)   renders such data indecipherable without an associated cryptographic key necessary to enable decryption of such data.
(c)   “Personal information” means an individual’s first name or first initial and last name, personal mark, or unique biometric or genetic print or image, in combination with one or more of the following data elements:
(1)   a Social Security number;
(2)   a driver’s license number, state identification card number, or other individual identification number issued by a unit;
(3)   a passport number or other identification number issued by the United States government;
(4)   an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number; or
(5)   a financial or other account number, a credit card number, or a debit card number that, in combination with any required security code, access code, or password, would permit access to an individual’s account.
(d)   “Reasonable security procedures and practices” means data security procedures and practices developed, in good faith, and set forth in a written information security policy.
(e)   “Records” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.
(f)   “Unit” means:
(1)   an executive agency, or a department, a board, a commission, an authority, a public institution of higher education, a unit or an instrumentality of the State; or
(2)   a county, municipality, bi–county, regional, or multicounty agency, county board of education, public corporation or authority, or any other political subdivision of the State.