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Mass. Regs Effective Soon, Encryption Concerns Endure

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

February 12, 2010

Computerworld reports on the Massachusetts data protection regulations that are set to take effect on March 1. The law mandates encryption, access controls and data-collection limits, among other provisions, and applies to all businesses that store personal information on Massachusetts residents, regardless of the business's location. A Boston attorney told Computerworld it seems companies have "put considerable effort" into getting ready for the new provisions. However, encryption for mobile devices and back-up storage media remains an area of concern. Also, how the Attorney General's Office intends to enforce the regulations remains to be known.
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