Privacy Policy

Public Records - Privacy and Data Security

  • Thank you for visiting the official Maryland Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention (GOCCP) Website. We take data security and the privacy of your personal information very seriously. Maryland law mandates that State agencies shall not create personal records unless the need for the information is clearly established and that personal records shall be relevant to the purposes for which they are collected, be accurate and current, and not be obtained by fraudulent means. State officials who request personal data from citizens must notify the citizens regarding the purposes for which the information is collected; consequences to the citizen for refusing to provide the personal information; the citizen's right to inspect and correct personal records; whether the information is generally available for public inspection; and whether the information is made available to other entities. The State of Maryland is committed to providing you with Websites over which you may securely and confidently transact business with the State. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
  • GOCCP is committed to maintaining your confidence and trust, and accordingly maintains the following privacy policy to protect personal information provided online.

Basic Confidentiality Policy

  • It is GOCCP policy that personal information, such as your name, postal and e-mail address or telephone number, is private and confidential. Accordingly, the personal information you provide is stored in a secure location, is accessible only by designated staff, and is used only for the purposes for which you provide the information.
  • If you indicate on our Website that you would like to receive information about GOCCP programs and services, your personal information will be added to appropriate GOCCP mailing lists but will not be disseminated outside this office.

No Release of Information to Third Parties

Personal information will not be released to third parties except to further the purpose for which you provide the information, or if release is required by law or is pertinent to judicial or governmental investigations or proceedings. There are no other circumstances under which we will provide or sell personal information to third parties.

No Computer Tracking of Identifiable Information

Our Web server is not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information about its visitors. It does recognize the home server of visitors (e.g., AOL, Hotmail) but not e-mail addresses. This information is used only for internal purposes by GOCCP technical support staff. No personal information is collected. In addition, our Website tracks information about the visits to our Website. For example, we compile statistics that show the daily number of visitors to our sites, the daily requests we receive for particular files on our web sites, and what countries those requests come from. These aggregated statistics are used internally to better provide services to the public and may also be provided to others for research or statistical analysis, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information.

Notice to Grant Applicants

This notice is given to comply with State Government Article, § 10-624:

The information collected on the grant application form is collected for the purposes of GOCCP's functions under Executive Order 01.01.1996.06. Failure to provide all of this information may result in the denial of your application for a grant. Within specified time periods, you have the right to inspect, amend and correct this information. GOCCP may permit the inspection of this information, or make it available to others, only as permitted by federal and State law. GOCCP may sell or provide a list of grant applicant names and addresses to professional associations and other entities.

Under the Maryland Public Information Act, State Government Article, § 10-617(h)(5), you may request in writing that your name be omitted from such lists. Please send those requests to GOCCP, 300 E. Joppa Rd. Suite 1105, Baltimore MD 21286.