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Massachusetts law about privacy

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases and web sources on privacy law

Massachusetts laws

MGL c.214, s.1B  Right of Privacy

Massachusetts regulations

940 CMR 27  Safeguard of Personal Information

Massachusetts Executive Orders

EO 504 Order Regarding the Security and Confidentiality of Personal Information
Addresses the collection and dissemination of personal information by state agencies

Court rules and orders

Supreme Judicial Court Order Regarding the Protection of Personal Information.  This Order governs the security and confidentiality of personal information as defined by c. 93H in the Judicial Branch.  

Trial Court Uniform Rules on Impoundment Procedure

Web sources

How to Protect Your Privacy , Mass. Bar Association
Provides guidance for protecting government records, school records, medical records, and more

Impoundment Procedures in the Massachusetts Appellate Courts: An Introduction, Mass. Appeals Court, 2015
A guide to impoundment procedures including a general overview of governing authorities and some practical tips.

Massachusetts Recording Law , Digital Media Law Project

Outlines the laws regarding taping telephone calls, public meetings and court proceedings

Massachusetts Right of Publicity Law , Digital Media Law Project
Summarizes state law on the use of a person's name, portrait or picture

Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Practice Jury Instructions , MCLE, loose-leaf. Chapter 7, Invasion of Privacy

Privacy and Security , Federal Trade Commission
Includes links to a wide variety of financial privacy sources, including the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act

Protection of Personal Information in the Courts, Mass. Supreme Judicial Court
"Interim Guidelines designed to protect against identity theft by having court filers omit or delete certain personal identifying information, such as social security numbers, in criminal and civil court documents."

Impoundment Sources: List of Authorities Designating Material as Impounded, Confidential, or Not Available for Public Inspection, Mass. Appeals Court, June 2015. (see additional resources below)
"The following list is an overview of the material that a statute, court rule, or standing order designates must be withheld as “impounded,” “withheld from public inspection,” “not available for public inspection,” “confidential,” “segregated,” or “sealed.”"

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