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Lawyers Are Failing At Secure File Sharing

According to the survey:

  • 77 percent include a confidentiality statement;
  • 22 percent encrypt emails;
  • 22 percent include a confidentiality statement in the subject line;
  • 17 percent require clients' written consent for transmission (compared to 13 percent that require oral consent);
  • 14 percent password protect documents;
  • 13 percent share links to documents shared on a secure site.

Why is this a problem? After all, it's not like clients' email accounts aren't password protected. You're not leaving the files on their door stoop, or on a table.

But in a way, you are. Take, for example, a family law dispute. You email important documents to a client. Her spouse, if he doesn't know her password already, probably knows the typical information required to gain access to the account (birth date, mother's maiden name, etc.). Or, even more simple: he's stopped by to pick up the kids and clicks around on her unattended computer.


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