As of Jan. 1, 2010, Massachusetts lawyers will be required to comply with the Massachusetts Data Privacy Act, a strict new law requiring businesses to encrypt personal data and adopt written policies for data and file storage. The Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program and Catuogno Court Reporting Services have joined forces to present two free videos on what lawyers must know and do to comply with the law.

In the first video, Rodney Dowell, LOMAP director, discusses the purposes and requirements of the law. In the second, Mark L. Kupsc, president and CTO of HyTech Management LLC, Hingham, Mass., reviews the steps a law firm should take to implement data security.

In addition to the videos, LOMAP’s Jared Correia today posted a guide to the Data Privacy Act. It includes links to the act, the relevant statutes and regulations and various other resources helpful in understanding and complying with the law.

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