In-House Legal Tech – Data Security Checklist

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The ACC CLO 2020 Survey listed data privacy and cybersecurity—together with compliance—as the top corporate organizational focus areas. Yet despite the scrutiny in-house legal rightly applies to business activities and counsel, they are not necessarily applying this same focus when evaluating the legal technology they use within their own departments. The sensitive nature of the information that passes through legal systems means that data security should be of paramount importance.

Anecdotally, we hear of legal tech projects where data security requirements are raised late in the game, sometimes after IT become involved in the project, and can result in the favourite vendor being immediately disqualified from selection because of weak security features and policies.

This is understandable. Most lawyers and even technology-savvy legal operations managers are not data security experts. The main focus when buying legal software are the features that assist in daily work and decision making, so the “under the bonnet” functionality is not always front of mind nor do in-house counsel necessarily know the right questions to ask. The following list of security considerations will aid you in asking pointed questions so you can address system safety at the same time as the ‘core’ functional requirements of the technology.

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