The legal profession has been adapting to technology by becoming “paperless” through the use of various types of devices and software. In her Family Lawyer Magazine article “Cybersecurity: What’s a Family Lawyer to do?” Partner Jennifer Saunders outlines the obligations every family lawyer needs to consider to reasonably safeguard a client’s personal data.
The article outlines three core areas attorneys must be aware of related to computer-generated or stored information: obtaining credit card information for payments; ethical obligations in using electronic devices; and notifications.
Saunders explains that lawyers must be cognizant of the level of security of their technology and examine the potential impact of an inadvertent disclosure of a client’s privileged or confidential information. Limiting the use of public Wi-Fi, wiping mobile devices and educating individuals who have access to a shared computer system are all good practices. Lastly, Saunders explains that securing insurance coverage in case of a data breach is critical to every lawyer’s future business and career.
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