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Introduced Maryland Consumer OPT-IN Act

On 1 December 2021, the "Consumer OPT-IN Act" was introduced to the Maryland Senate. This legislation would protect consumers from scams online and make free trials with unclear conditions and hard-to-cancel subscriptions unfair practices. Particularly, the bill requires companies to notify and get consumer consent before converting free trials into contracts and automatically renewing long-term contracts. Moreover, the Bill would give the FTC rulemaking powers over negative option contracts, automatic renewals, and dark patterns.

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Policy Area
Other operating condition
Policy Instrument
Consumer protection regulation
Regulated Economic Activity
cross-cutting
Implementation Level
subnational
Government Branch
legislature
Government Body
parliament

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2021-12-01
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On 1 December 2021, the "Consumer OPT-IN Act" was introduced to the Maryland Senate. This legislati…