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Massachusetts Data Regulations Raising Concerns

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 5, 2010

New data security regulations adopted by the state of Massachusetts, which are considered among the most stringent rules of their kind, are creating challenges for businesses. Business Insurance reports that some legal experts believe the regulations--which went into effect in March and apply to any company that possesses personal information on Massachusetts residents, regardless of where the business is located--could lead to increased litigation against firms. "I think it's an invitation to a greater amount of lawsuits against organizations," said Tracey Vispoli, global cybersecurity manager for a New Jersey-based corporation, pointing out that the regulations set a "pretty high bar for companies to establish that they put reasonable security measures in place."
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