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NEW WRITTEN DESTRUCTION PROCEDURES REQUIREMENT PROPOSED IN MASSACHUSETTS LAW

Monday, January 31st, 2011

In Massachusetts, Representative William Straus’ bill (H 3427), pending in the state House of Representatives, sets forth a requirement for organizations to have written procedures for the disposal of personal information.
 
Specifically, the new law would require “Implementing and monitoring compliance with polices and procedures that require the burning, pulverizing or shredding of papers containing personal information so that the information cannot practicably by read or reconstructed; and Implementing and monitoring compliance with policies and procedures that require the destruction or erasure of electronic media and other non-paper media containing personal information so that the information cannot practicably by read or reconstructed.”
 
Readers in Massachusetts wishing to indicate their support for the proposed law should contact their state house representative via telephone, letter, or email.
 
It is important to note that contacting your representative is crucial to advancing the bill, however, out of district and out of state support can sometimes be detrimental to the bill’s passage. If you are a Massachusetts resident, please use this link to locate your representative.