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Property Management Firm Pays $15,000 Fine Following Data Breach

April 2, 2012

On March 21st the Massachusetts Attorney General announced that a property management firm was fined $15,000 after the theft of a company laptop containing the personal information of over 600 Massachusetts residents.

According to the Massachusetts Attorney General, an employee of the property management company had a laptop containing unencrypted personal information stolen from her car during the night. This incident was found to be in violation of Massachusetts’ Data Breach Regulation.

In addition to paying $15,000 in civil penalties the company must:

  • Ensure that personal information is not unnecessarily stored on portable devices;
  • Ensure that all personal information stored on portable devices is properly encrypted;
  • Ensure that all portable devices containing personal information are stored in a secure location; and
  • Effectively train employees on the policies and procedures with respect to maintaining the security of personal information
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