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Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.00 - Security of Personal Information - Effective January 1, 2010

On January 1, 2010, Massachusetts businesses will be required to comply with the most comprehensive and strictest data security laws of any state. This regulation implements the provisions of M.G.L. c. 93H relative to the standards to be met by persons who own, license, store or maintain personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This regulation establishes minimum standards to be met in connection with the safeguarding of personal information contained in both paper and electronic records. Further purposes are to (i) ensure the security and confidentiality of such information in a manner consistent with industry standards, (ii) protect against anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of such information, and (iii) protect against unauthorized access to or use of such information in a manner that creates a substantial risk of identity theft or fraud against such residents.

What types of organizations need to comply with 201 CMR 17.00?

Every corporation, partnership, or other legal entity that owns, licenses, stores or maintains Personal Information about a resident of Massachusetts. Even businesses that do not handle consumer data are required to comply with 201 CMR 17.00. For example, Human Resources data falls into this category, if you have Massachusetts employees.

Penalties for Not Complying with 201 CMR 17.00

* Up to $50,000 per improper disposal
* Maximum of $5,000 per violation
* Massachusetts Attorney General can take action
* Lost Business / Time Spent / Associated Costs

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