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By Amanda C. Kooser

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Technology-related legislation can have a huge impact on growing businesses, and some interesting issues are likely to pop up with the new Congress this year. Of great interest to growing businesses are the topics of data protection and net neutrality.

Laws that lay out more stringent requirements for retaining and protecting employee and customer data could be on the horizon. "The laws that apply to big business are going to trickle down to small business," says Ann Westerheim, founder and president of technology consulting firm Ekaru. "Businesses need to have that on their radar. You don't want to get hit with a fine because you're not complying." She suggests looking at laws like Sarbanes-Oxley to get an idea of where new tech laws could be heading.

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