The Bar Council has issued updated guidance to its members about data security. The guidance focuses on the need to physically destroy hard drives before disposing of old computers, in order to ensure that personal data relating to past cases is not leaked into the public domain. It recommends that barristers physically destroy hard drives and USB devices by “hitting them repeatedly with a hammer” or applying reliable secure erasure software. The new guidance comes on the back of a recent ICO warning about increasing instances of data security breaches by lawyers. 

Bar Council guidance – Secure Disposal of Hard Drives – August 2014