MASS. Personal Identity Regulation, 201 CMR 17.00 – Why and How to Comply and Avoid Potential Fines by January 1, 2010

Boston Business Alliances kicks off Hot Topics Informational Breakfast Meetings with Personal Identity Security – Are You Ready? Every Business and Organization Must Comply.

Boston, MA, July 30, 2009 --( On August 4, 2009, the Boston Business Alliance will kick off free Information Breakfast Meetings – a Business Survival Guide Series, with the Hot Topic, Personal Identity Security and the new MA regulation, 201 CMR 17.00, what you need to know to be compliant by the January 1, 2010 deadline, and how to avoid potential fines.

The new MA regulation mandates compliance by January 1, 2010 by ‘every person that owns, licenses, stores or maintains personal information about a MA resident.’ It includes private and public sector organizations. The regulation requires broad and comprehensive steps and processes that need to be established and maintained on a regular basis. The important personal information that needs to be safeguarded and protected includes names, Social Security or driver’s license numbers, credit or debit cards, or other financial account numbers – either electronic or paper. So if you are accepting any payments by check or credit card, use QuickBooks or other business software, you need to make sure you comply with all the details of the regulation. If you are an attorney or accountant, you need to make sure your clients are aware of the regulation and what they need to do. Even if you are in the medical field and comply with HIPPA regulations, you still must comply. Besides, it is just a good business practice to protect information.

The meeting will explain the regulation and specifically how you can make sure you are compliant with minimum impact, cost, and interruption to your business. Business owners, CEOs, CFOs, corporate counsels, and accountants/CPAs should know the requirements to be compliant and avoid potential fines, or worse. The material will be organized and explained in a manner that is not too technical and easy to understand. Additional important and useful material and specific examples will be handed out at the meeting.

Network and meet your peers; find out what they are doing to become complaint and other Hot Topics that you are concerned about. Seating is limited.

Attendees will be offered a no cost, limited One-Hour 201 CMR 17.00 Compliance Audit that will indicate potential areas of risk, along with information on How to Guarantee Compliance. The Audit will be conducted by Arpin Consulting.

Register at
Date and Time: August 4, 2009, 7:15 – 9:00 AM
Location: Conference Room 4750, 800 W. Cummings Park, Woburn, MA 01801
Hosted by: Sunbelt Business Sales & Acquisitions

The Boston Business Alliance is a new group, specifically formed to provide small and medium size business owners and organization leaders with timely information and advice – a way to get answers to business questions. BBA also recruits seasoned and experienced subject matter experts to join and become contributors and advisors to small and medium size businesses.

Boston Business Alliance
Ray Arpin