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New law soon to hit businesses

Chamber hosting information forum for owners

Alexandra McNitt. (click for larger version)
February 21, 2010
In just a week, a long-delayed and poorly-known state law requiring small businesses to protect their customers' personal data will take effect.

"It's not a bad thing, but what is bad is that people don't know they have to do this," said Chamber of Commerce Director Alexandra McNitt. "… [It's causing] an awful lot of alarm for myself and my board."

The Chamber is hosting a free educational forum for area business owners on the law this Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the Host Hotel in Sturbridge. It is open to Chamber members and non-members alike.

Among other things, presenter Trave Harmon of Triton Technology in Worcester will address how firms can meet the new requirements, what information is covered, and potential penalties.

The latter are serious — up to $5,000 per incident. Harmon noted that has yet to be defined by a court, but is likely to be imposed for every person whose data is compromised.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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