Law has changed immensely from gathering information from old dusty libraries, carbon paper and fax machines. Now everything a lawyer needs to practice law can be done through the computer, saving files and client information onto a hard drive is the standard practice in the legal industry now. Unfortunately, this method provides opportunities for losing client data, information theft and other associated problems regarding to maintaining and securing client information. The number of security breaches in law firms is on the rise. In addition to identity theft, family information and probate and tax information breaches, the larger threat appears to be with firms that handle intellectual property, securities, mergers and acquisitions.
Law firms are being targeted because hackers know that law firms hold the most valuable data for a corporate client, which may be why breaching law firm data bases is on the rise. Lawyers have a duty to keep their client information safe. Texas imposes a duty to protect such information and could be subject to penalties for exposing or not securing client information. Attorneys need to make sure that they are up to date on their data protection services and continue to ensure that they provide adequate protection for their client’s information.
Ashley Spencer is a licensed attorney with The Spencer Law Firm. The information in this blog is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of this legal subject. Readers with legal problems should consult an attorney for advice on their particular situation. The Harris County Bar Association may refer you to an attorney for legal consultation. Please email or call the Harris County Bar Association at (713) 236-8000.