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Small-Business Considerations Reflected in Massachusetts' Revised ID Theft Regulations

Massachusetts Undersecretary of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation Barbara Anthony today announced adjustments to Massachusetts' identity theft regulations that maintain protections and also reinforce flexibility in compliance by small businesses.

The updated regulations will take effect March 1, 2010. The regulations make clear that their approach to data security is a risk-based approach that is especially important to small businesses that may not handle a lot of personal information about customers. Under a risk-based approach, a business, in developing a written security program, should take into account its size, nature of its business, the kinds of records it maintains, and the risk of identity theft posed by its operations.

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