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On the Horizon Data Security Regs 201 CMR 17.00

12/14/2009

As 2009 winds down, the implementation deadline for the recently finalized MA Data Security Regulations gets closer. As most of you know, the Standards For the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth 201 CMR 17.00 mandates that all “all persons that own, license, store or maintain personal information about a resident” of Massachusetts are required to comply to these regulations by March 1, 2010.

A recent article by Jeff Yates, of the IIABA’s Agents Council on Technology (ACT), discusses in detail some of the national implications of this new regulation and reminds agencies of the importance in implementing a written security plan, understanding what is considered Personal Information, and  the resources that are available to assist agents.

Yate’s article entitled, Insurance Agents Fined for Not Having Written Security Plans, was featured in the most recent issue of The Massachusetts Agent, MAIA’s member newsletter, I felt it was important to point it out again as a resource for agencies who are in the planning stages of this change.

MAIA also encourages member agents to refer to the resources published at our website in under the Government Affairs portion of the Info Online page.

What steps have you taken in the direction of compliance? Let us know where your agency started in the comments.

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