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Law firms are warehouses of confidential and private information. It’s a necessity of the profession. But with numerous high-profile breaches in recent years, how firms collect, store, and destroy that information is coming under increased scrutiny – especially since the introduction of the GDPR.
Protecting your law firm means more than just safeguarding your client’s documents. If you have financial reports, human resource forms, or payroll statements, your practice could be at-risk of fines, lost revenue and the loss of reputation should your confidential information fall into the wrong hands. Shred-it’s range of service from paper shredding to hard drive destruction ensures the security of confidential information and protection of personal data.
of the top 150 law firms in the UK have reported data breaches since the GDPR came into force in May 2018.
Source: Legal Futures
Of the ICO’s personal data breaches reported between January and June 2019,
of all breaches were reported within the legal sector
Legal data security incidents as reported to the ICO have risen by
in two years (2018). Human error accounted for the vast majority of incidents
Law firms possess thousands of records of personal information – whether it’s confidential data of clients, employees, or parties and witnesses in litigation. How your information is collected, stored, handled and destroyed can make-or-break your firm’s reputation.
But in an industry that relies on privacy and confidentiality, the reality is that many information breaches occur because of employee error, negligence or poor judgement. In fact, 24% of all data breaches are said to be caused as a result of employee error .
You may be doing everything you can, but one employee accidentally placing a bill of sale into the recycling can undo everything. So, with a quarter of risk stemming from inside your law firm, you need to ensure your partners, clerks and interns know how to confidently identify, handle and securely dispose of confidential information.
Most people fail to identify confidential information correctly. While obvious things like depositions or complainant filings are quickly flagged, equally common items like a non-disclosure agreements or demand letters might be missed.
If you create, collect, or dispose of these types of documents, you and your firm could be at-risk of an information breach.
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Since the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, reported data breaches have surged by two-thirds, resulting in significant fines – and subsequent reputational damage – at the hands of the ICO .
41% of UK consumers claim they will never return to a business that has had a data breach .
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