In Honor of Data Privacy Day, MBBP’s Data Privacy “Bell Ringers”

dpd2015Happy Data Privacy Day!

Information and data are everywhere. Indeed, as of 2010, it was noted that “every two days, we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.” And as information and data have proliferated, so too have the laws applicable to privacy and data security. Understanding — and complying with — this rapidly changing landscape of laws is critical for any business, because the penalties for violation can be significant and may include substantial fines plus destruction of unlawfully obtained data.

So, in honor of this week’s Data Privacy Day, the privacy team at MBBP would like to share with you some of the major privacy “bell ringers” — the contexts that should “ring a bell” indicating the presence of privacy-related legal issues and prompt you to consult with privacy counsel.

For instance, handling any of the following classes of information should ring a bellbell

  • Medical or Health
  • Credit/Debit Card or Bank/Financial Account
  • Social Security Numbers
  • “Personal Information” within the meaning of the Massachusetts Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth, 201 C.M.R. § 17.00 et seq. (Massachusetts resident’s first name and last name or first initial and last name in combination with anyone or more of the following data elements that relate to such resident: (a) Social Security number; (b) driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number; or (c) financial account number, or credit or debit card number, with or without any required security code, access code, personal identification number or password, that would permit access to a resident’s financial account).

Check out our other “bell ringers“.

To discuss your specific privacy and data security legal services needs, please contact Faith Kasparian, Michael Cavaretta, or Howard Zaharoff.

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