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UMass Memorial Health Data Breach Posted on Oct 29

UMass Memorial Health Data Breach

A data breach is the unauthorized acquisition of personal information that creates a substantial risk of identity theft or fraud. The Massachusetts Data Breach Notification Law mandates that all data breaches involving Massachusetts residents be reported to the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation   …Continue Reading UMass Memorial Health Data Breach

Start Your New Apartment Lease on the Right Foot Posted on Sep 29

Start Your New Apartment Lease on the Right Foot

The fall is the peak of moving season in the Commonwealth. Whether you are a college student moving into your first apartment or a seasoned renter relocating, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. Being a responsible tenant starts before you   …Continue Reading Start Your New Apartment Lease on the Right Foot

Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety Posted on Nov 27

Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety

The holiday season is in full swing, gifts are wrapped, recipes collected, and those strings of lights untangled. However, this popular decoration can be dangerous if not handled properly. We’ve gathered some tips on how to stay safe and festive this season: Make sure your   …Continue Reading Shedding Light on Holiday Decoration Safety

Registry of Motor Vehicles Mimic Websites Posted on Jul 14

Registry of Motor Vehicles Mimic Websites

Massachusetts consumers looking to renew a license or schedule a road test online through the Registry of Motor Vehicles may come across unofficial third-party websites, or “mimic sites.” Do NOT be fooled! These services have no affiliation with the RMV, regardless of how real they may seem.

New Year’s resolution involve exercise? Be aware of red flags BEFORE you sign up for a health club membership Posted on Jan 8

New Year's resolution involve exercise? Be aware of red flags BEFORE you sign up for a health club membership

  As the Times Square Ball dropped, the clock struck midnight and we ushered in the new year, more than 40 percent of Americans had a New Year’s resolution in mind.  However, if like many Americans your resolution involved weight loss and regular exercise, you   …Continue Reading New Year’s resolution involve exercise? Be aware of red flags BEFORE you sign up for a health club membership

Massachusetts Housing Week 2013 Posted on Jun 17

It is safe to say that the first ever Massachusetts Housing Week was a major success! Beginning with a proclamation by Governor Patrick last Monday in Dorchester, Housing Week took me, DHCD Undersecretary Gornstein, Division of Banks Commissioner Cotney, DHCD Deputy Undersecretary Jemison and a   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Housing Week 2013