President Signs Veterans Affairs Bill with Data Security Provisions. On December 22, 2006 President Bush signed into law the Veterans Benefits, Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006. As a result of the Veterans Administration (VA) data security breach earlier this year, title IX of the bill contains significant data security requirements. These requirements include requiring the VA to implement policies and procedures to protect and monitor the security of its data. If data containing sensitive personal information is compromised, the VA must take several actions, including providing notification and credit monitoring services to affected individuals and notifying law enforcement officials, other agencies and congressional committees of the breach.

EFSC Electronic Records Risk Management Tool Now Available. Evaluate your company’s use and storage of electronic records with the EFSC’s Electronic Records Risk Management Tool. This self-assessment survey is intended to be a first step in determining the status of your organization’s electronic records policies and procedures. The EFSC is offering this survey free of charge. If you have questions regarding electronic records management, please contact us.

On Tuesday, December 16, 2003 President Bush signed the CAN SPAM Act.
On December 16, 2003, President Bush signed into law the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act), which establishes a framework of administrative, civil, and criminal tools to help America’s consumers, businesses, and families combat unsolicited commercial e-mail, known as spam.

The new law is a pro-consumer measure that allows consumers to choose to stop further unsolicited spam from a sender. It also provides a protection against spam containing unmarked sexually-oriented or pornographic material.

New SPeRS Initiative: SPeRS Version 2.0

After studying the current market environment, the EFSC has determined there is a desire for un updated version of the SPeRS Manual. Also being considered is an expansion of SPeRS to cover such topics as electronic record retention and data management, electronic recordation and notarization, and privacy and security. Please view the letter below from SPeRS Drafting Committee Chair John Taggart for more information and for instructions on how to submit your feedback on the SPeRS Version 2.0 project. The letter is available here.

SPeRS Version 1.0 Manual
New eCommerce laws permit the widespread replacement of paper documents with electronic records. They also enable the broad use of electronic signatures.

SPeRS is intended for use by system design teams, including business managers, IT professionals, and legal counsel. SPeRS provides concrete, practical, technology-neutral advice and strategies for:

  • Authenticating transaction participants,
  • Obtaining consent to use electronic records and signatures,
  • Presenting information,
  • Creating agreements,
  • Executing signatures, and
  • Record retention