The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has warned the legal profession that it must keep personal data secure. Fifteen incidents involving barristers or solicitors have been reported to the ICO over the last three months. The ICO said that the regular use of paper files by lawyers increased the need for vigilance around data security. Also, the sensitive nature of the data handled by lawyers made it more likely that a monetary penalty would be imposed in respect of any breach. The ICO has produced some security tips for the legal profession.

ICO – News Release – 5 August 2014