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Maryland ranked among states with least Christmas spirit

BALTIMORE, MD—Bah, humbug!  Maryland has been ranked among the states with the least Christmas cheer in the U.S., according to a new report from CenturyLink. Maryland came in at No. 41, which is actually an improvement from last year’s ranking of No. 46. In compiling the list, CenturyLink analyzed Christmas-themed Google searches along with charitable giving, and how often residents …


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Governor Hogan announces emergency order banning TikTok, other China-/Russia-based apps in state government

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that the State of Maryland has issued an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit the use of certain Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms for the executive branch of state government, including TikTok. These entities present an unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk to the state, and may be involved in activities such as cyber-espionage, …


Attorney General Frosh reaches settlement with Google over location tracking practices

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced that the Consumer Protection Division along with 39 other attorneys general have reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. The settlement – the largest amount paid to state attorneys general in a privacy investigation – also contains injunctive terms …

Maryland mobile sports wagering launch possible in time for Thanksgiving

UPDATE: Governor Larry Hogan has issued the following statement: “Today we are proud to report that sports fans can finally plan for the official launch of mobile sports betting in the State of Maryland. “To reach this point, we have had to overcome countless legal, political, and bureaucratic delays that threatened to push back the launch past the Super Bowl …

Attorney General Frosh enters into multistate settlements addressing 2015 Experian data breach

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week announced separate settlements with Experian and T-Mobile concerning a 2015 data breach experienced by Experian that compromised the personal information of more than 15 million individuals who submitted credit applications with T-Mobile. The settlements were negotiated by a multistate work group that included 40 states and was led by the Maryland Attorney …

Connect Maryland: Board of Public Works approves $30 million for laptops to improve internet access For underserved households

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the Maryland Board of Public Works approved a contract of up to $30 million for the Office of Statewide Broadband to provide laptops to underserved households in order to help address the digital divide. The contract will provide internet capable devices for an estimated 150,000 Maryland households. “This transformative initiative will provide …

Governor Hogan announces Maryland Mesonet weather tower project to enhance state’s critical infrastructure, preparedness [VIDEO]

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced a groundbreaking partnership between the State of Maryland and the University of Maryland to build and operate the Maryland Mesonet, a state-of-the-art network of 75 weather-observing towers across the state that will provide real-time community-level monitoring and improve situational awareness during rapidly changing weather conditions. “The Maryland Mesonet partnership we are announcing…through a …

BCPS seeking volunteers for upcoming robotics events in Baltimore County

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Public Schools officials are seeking volunteers to serve in key roles during upcoming robotics tournaments. The Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation and VEX have partnered to provide free, online training, testing, and certification for those interested in serving as volunteers. “This will be our first full year of hands-on robotics events since the onset of the …