Undersecretary Barbara Anthony, of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, announced today revisions to Massachusetts’ data security regulations, as well as an extension of the applicable compliance deadline from January 1, 2010 to March 1, 2010.  (Previous to an earlier extension, the compliance deadline was May 1, 2009.)

The revised regulations emphasize their “risk-based” approach, enabling persons covered by the regulations to tailor their information security programs to their size, scope, type of business, resources, amount of personal information, and need.  These changes were primarily intended to ease the burden of the regulations on small businesses that may not handle a significant amount of personal information, or may not have the resources to develop a sophisticated security program.  That said, the changes apply to all business, not just small businesses.