New data protection laws in California and New York are part of a national trend that will fundamentally change the way businesses handle personal information, according to Bob Johnson, CEO of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). “The sea change is that however these things end up, they are putting the data subject – or the data owner, the individual – in charge of their information,” said Johnson in a recent interview. “At its core, that’s a difference for businesses and for service providers and it’s going to mean big changes over time.” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on July 25 signed into law Senate Bill 55575B, called the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act. Both the SHIELD Act and an earlier California bill require businesses to put added scrutiny on their recycling vendors. The new legal requirements could also help compliant ITAD providers such as Iron Mountain land more clients.