April 02, 2019

ROAD WARRIOR: Should All Data Receive Equal Treatment?

Jeffrey Allen

As this issue focuses on the concept of equality, I thought it might be useful to address the issue in the context of data security. Some people have suggested that lawyers should treat all data the same when it comes to security, without regard to the nature of the data, the owner of the data, or the law firm’s size and resources. In the best of all possible worlds, we could adopt such a standard and it would not cause a problem, but the fact remains that in the real world those measures may not be necessary and may prove prohibitively expensive. This approach overly simplifies the issues associated with data security and the practice of law. Accordingly, I disagree with it.

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