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LOMAP Offers Free Online CLE Covering Compliance with Massachusetts Data Privacy Act

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LOMAP, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Catuogno Court Reporting have made available a free set of videos covering compliance with the Massachusetts Data Privacy Act, which will take effect on March 1, 2010.

The videos, available here, feature LOMAP Director Rodney Dowell’s review of the regulations and HyTech Management President and CTO Mark Kupsc on compliance with the new requirements. The tandem presentation provides a look at overview and implementation through the unique perspectives of a practice management expert and an IT professional.

The program was originally recorded on March 20, 2009, as the “Compliance with the New Privacy Regulations” session of the MBA’s Legal Technology Expo.

LOMAP would like to thank Catuogno Court Reporting, especially founder and CEO Ray Catuogno and Director of Legal Division & Sales Dean Whalen, for funding the recording, editing and hosting of these videos, which have been made available for free as a service to Massachusetts attorneys. LOMAP also wishes to thank Wayne Martin and his staff, from National Video Reporters, Inc., who actually accomplished the filming and post-production of the videos.

After watching the videos, you’ll likely feel a whole lot better about the new data privacy regulations. Well, you’ll feel a little bit better. . . . Well, you’ll understand them better. Hopefully.

And, if you can’t quite get enough of the regulations, and this has only whet your appetite for more, well, you’ll be pleased to know that there is, yes . . . more, as follows: If you want to download the Powerpoint presentations you see on the screen during the videos, head over to this site, which includes downloadable versions of those presentations, as well as all of the other materials submitted for the MBA’s Legal Technology Expo, held this immediate March. If you’re looking for the source: check the text of the act itself; the relevant statutes: here and here; the Code of Massachusetts Regulations section; and, further guidance from the state Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. In addition to the state laws and produced guidance, we have made several compliance-based posts at the LOMAP blog; and, those posts are available here, here, here and here. For a revised version of our original Powerpoint covering the regulations, and created for a recent presentation at the Plymouth County Bar Association, visit this website.

And, I know, I know, the effective date for the regulations has been pushed back before. But, even if they’re pushed back again, isn’t it better to know them now, and to begin to comply. These regulations will not be put off forever, and it’s a sight better to comply now, than to scramble, in complying later, under the heat of a shortening deadline. But, if all this stuff is making your head spin, stop and think on it for awhile. And, if you’re still stuck, give us a call.

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