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Article - General Provisions


    (a)    A person, including an officer or employee of a governmental unit, is liable to an individual for actual damages that the court considers appropriate if the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that:

        (1)    (i)    the person willfully and knowingly allows inspection or use of a public record in violation of this subtitle; and

            (ii)    the public record names or, with reasonable certainty, otherwise identifies the individual by an identifying factor such as:

                1.    an address;

                2.    a description;

                3.    a fingerprint or voice print;

                4.    a number; or

                5.    a picture; or

        (2)    the person willfully and knowingly obtains, discloses, or uses personal information in violation of § 4–320 of this title.

    (b)    If the court determines that the complainant has substantially prevailed, the court may assess against a defendant reasonable counsel fees and other litigation costs that the complainant reasonably incurred.

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