In a July 19 press release, California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the formation of a California Privacy Enforcement and Protection Unit. The unit, which will be part of the state Department of Justice’s eCrime Unit, will be charged with protecting consumer and individual privacy through civil prosecution of state and federal privacy laws, educating consumers and forging partnerships with industry.

The creation of the Privacy Unit is just the latest California initiative intended to protect consumer privacy. The state has also created a coalition of leading mobile and social application platforms to improve privacy protections for consumers in California and around the globe. Amazon.com, Apple, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Research in Motion have all signed onto that initiative.

Click here to read the press release announcing the formation of the unit.