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Massachusetts Court Ruling Benefits Plaintiff in Zip Code Case

On March 11, 2013, in Tyler v. Michaels Stores, Inc., the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court effectively reinstated the suit against the retailer by answering favorably for the plaintiff three certified questions from the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts regarding Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93, Section 105(a) entitled “Consumer Privacy in Commercial … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Court Dismisses ZIP Code Suit for Failure to Allege a Cognizable Injury

On January 6, 2012, a federal court in Massachusetts dismissed a customer-plaintiff’s complaint alleging that Michaels’ in-store information collection practices violated Massachusetts law. Although the court found that customer ZIP codes may constitute personal information for purposes of the law, it ruled that the plaintiff had failed to demonstrate any cognizable injury.… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Information Security Regulations Take Effect on March 1, 2010

After several delays and revisions, the Massachusetts information security regulations, entitled “Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth,” will take effect on March 1, 2010.  The regulations apply to entities that own or license personal information about Massachusetts residents.  “Personal information” is defined as a combination of a resident’s first … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Regulator Revises Information Security Requirements (Again)

On October 30, as reported by the Bureau of National Affairs (“BNA”), the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation stated that final amendments to its information security regulations had been filed with the Massachusetts Secretary of State.  The Standards for the Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth have been the … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Revises Information Security Regulations and Extends Deadline for Compliance

On August 17, 2009, Massachusetts announced revisions to its information security regulations and extended the deadline for compliance with those regulations.  In the press release announcing the revised regulations, the Undersecretary of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation noted the concerns of small business leaders regarding the impact on their companies, stating … Continue Reading

Compliance Deadline Extended for Massachusetts Data Security Regulations

Massachusetts recently announced that it is extending the deadline for compliance with new state data security regulations. In consideration of the current economic climate, Massachusetts has extended its original compliance deadline of January 1, 2009. The new compliance deadline will be phased in. By May 1, 2009, companies that are subject to the regulations must … Continue Reading