Also in the News: States mandate widespread data encryption

Many businesses will have to encrypt data on computers, PDAs and even smart phones or face hefty fines under laws instituted by several states that may soon be adopted by others, according to the Wall Street Journal.


A Nevada law that took effect this month requires all businesses there to encrypt personally-identifiable data or face unlimited civil penalties, which is boosting sales of laptop computers with encrypted hard drives and for encryption software, the Journal reports.


Massachusetts will enact a similar law in January, and Michigan and Washington state are considering similar mandates, the article states.


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