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Massachusetts and Nevada data protection laws, and you

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I’m all for data protection, and I believe we can all agree that the protection of personal information is extremely important. However, if our government wishes to enact laws to protect our data, then it should do a better job of crafting unambiguous wording. Ambiguity is an attorney’s best friend. With the number of attorneys-turned-legislators in government one would think they should know better.

I was inspired by a recent post on Stephen Foskett’s Enterprise Storage Strategies Blog titled “Massachusetts Says Encrypt It All!” Stephen raised an interesting issue about tape encryption in the context of MA and NV data protection laws. His post compelled me to take a closer look at the wording of the laws. For your reference, the laws are:


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