The UK’s data protection watchdog investigated almost 200 law firms last year over the alleged mishandling of personal information.
This is according to a Freedom of Information request filed by encryption specialist Egress Software, the findings of which were published yesterday (April 16th).
A total of 187 data protection gaffes were recorded in the legal profession through 2014, of which 173 were scrutinised by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Almost a quarter (26 per cent) of incidents involved the “incorrect disclosure of data”, Egress found – a figure that highlights the importance of secure data erasure when information is no longer required.
Commenting on the findings, chief executive Tony Pepper said the warning signs regarding data protection at law firms “have been clear for people to see for some time now”.
“What today’s revelation demonstrates is the scale of the issue and the number of firms guilty of not providing adequate data security measures in order to protect the highly sensitive client information,” he stated.
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