After implementation delays and rule changes, new data protection regulations that are widely considered the most stringent in the nation take effect today. The Massachusetts data security regulations require institutions that hold personal data on Massachusetts citizens to encrypt that information and implement written data protection policies, reports the Boston Globe. While the state's undersecretary of consumer affairs and business regulation expressed confidence that most companies are ready to comply, the head of the Smaller Business Association of New England isn't convinced. "I think people are still anesthetized by [the law]," said Bob Baker. State agencies must also meet the new standards per an executive order signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2008.
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