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Massachusetts latest to Add Information Destruction Law

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On August 3rd, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a comprehensive identity theft prevention legislation requiring businesses and governments to notify consumers when their data is lost or stolen and sets standards for the disposal of records containing personal information.

The law, which applies to all businesses, government offices and individuals, requires that paper and electronic information be destroyed prior to disposal.

Violations of the destruction requirement are subject to a civil fine of not more than $100 per individual record, but the fine is capped at $50,000.

In addition, the attorney general may file a civil action in the superior or district court in the name of Massachusetts to recover such penalties.

This brings the number of states with secure destruction laws to fifteen.

Click here to view the legislation.