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Massachusetts 201 CMR 17 Regulation and Data Backup

As of March 1, 2010, Massachusetts passed a law regulating the way organizations store, transfer and protect personal information. Enacted to prevent identity theft, 207 CMR 17 carries penalties of up to $50,000 per violation.

Remote Data Backups’ secure online backup service helps organizations safeguard sensitive personal data and comply with Massachusetts’ 201 CMR 17 regulation.

Encrypt personal information

Any organization that engages in commerce within the state of Massachusetts or handles data on Massachusetts residents is required to encrypt every document sent over the internet, wirelessly transmitted or saved on laptops or portable drives. This includes accounting, financial and healthcare firms and anyone else storing a Massachusetts resident’s first name or initial and last name, along with:

  • Social security number
  • Driver’s license number or state-issued ID number
  • Financial account, credit card or debit card number

Safeguard employee data

Any business or organization that stores personal information on your employees must also take measures to safeguard that data. The law states that you should limit the amount, time of retention and access to personal info collected on employees to that reasonably necessary to accomplish the legitimate purpose for which it is collected.

How Remote Data Backups helps comply with 201 CRM 17 and protect personal information

Remote Data Backups’ secure online backup service is SysTrust-certified and automatically encrypts your data before it leaves your computer using bank-level AES encryption technology (128-bit for our standard software, 256-bit for HP LiveVault). Our software then securely transmits and stores data in encrypted format via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology at our two underground, mirrored data centers. Each is a Level 4 data center with armed security, enterprise network infrastructure and firewalls.

Your data is kept secure by a private encryption key that you create during setup. Data is kept safely offsite in case of hard drive crash, data corruption, accidental changes or deletion, fire, flood, theft, sabotage or any other disaster that may strike.

Unlike unreliable and insecure media such as USB memory sticks, external hard drives or DVDs, secure storage through Remote Data Backups eliminates data loss risk and breach. Our software also provides rock-solid laptop data protection.

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