Achieving Compliance with Massachusetts Data Protection Law


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Source: Lumension
Date: July 2010
Type: White Paper
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Overview: In the first ten months after a new Massachusetts identity theft law took effect in late-2007, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation reported that over 625,000 residents of the Commonwealth had been directly impacted by a data breach of their personally identifiable information (PII). Of these, about 60% were the result of criminal / unauthorized acts and the remainder due to employee error or “sloppy internal handling” of PII. To help mitigate the negative impacts of this ID Theft problem, Massachusetts passed a new law that requires any organization that “owns, licenses, stores, or maintains personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth” to follow a comprehensive set of information security requirements.

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