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Report on Massachusetts identity protection law

Identity Theft 911 : 18 May, 2009  (Technical Article)
Identity Theft 911 examines implications of state law for protection against identity theft
In late 2006, Massachusetts played host to one of the worst data breaches in history. Identity thieves stole tens of millions of personal records, running up more than $11 million worth of fraudulent charges on the stolen credit accounts. In response to the breach, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick approved the toughest data breach legislation in the United States. But business leaders are fighting the implementation of the law and have pushed back the take-effect date to January 2010, continuing to leave consumers at risk of identity theft and fraud.

Identity Theft 911 offers experts with unique commentaries on the importance of the legislation, its implementation in Massachusetts and what the legislation means for the nation.

Identity Theft 911's latest industry report, "The Big Showdown," explores the dispute between business leaders and consumer advocates, examines the salient points of this landmark law, and highlights exactly why businesses can't afford to ignore it any longer.

Identity Theft 911 experts and analysts can answer questions like:

* What are the major components of the new law? What must companies do to protect consumers' private data?
* Why does the Massachusetts' law have national implications and what are they?
* Why are businesses fighting to further push back the compliance date past the new January 1, 2010 date?
* What steps must companies take to evaluate their data protection risks and to create a detailed plan for keeping data safe?

The Massachusetts Data Security Law applies to any company that gathers information about any Massachusetts resident, no matter where the company is located. The broad reaching law has the potential to lead and influence the other 49 states in passing more strict data protection laws.
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