Privacy and Security Alert: Analysis of Amendments to Massachusetts Data Security Regulations


As we reported in our August 17, 2009 Client Alert, the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) released amendments to the Standards to Protect Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth, 201 CMR 17.00 (the Standards). In addition to extending the compliance deadline from January 1, 2010 to March 1, 2010, the amendment makes some key changes that bear taking note of and that we will examine here. The OCABR has scheduled a hearing for interested parties to provide oral or written testimony regarding 201 CMR 17.00 on September 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in Room No. 5–6 on the second floor of the Transportation Building at 10 Park Plaza, Boston. Written comments will also be accepted until the close of business on September 25, 2009 at the offices of the OCABR, 10 Park Plaza, Suite 5170, Boston, Massachusetts, 02116, and should be sent to the attention of Jason Egan, Deputy General Counsel, or e–mailed to

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