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Breaches – what to do when you lose papers, or when your data security is breached

Purpose: To guide all barristers on good pratice following a breach of data or loss of papers
Scope of application: All practising barristers
Issued by: The Information Technology Panel
First reviewed: 01/01/2017
Last reviewed: 01/02/2024
Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this document. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

The confidentiality of clients’ information could be put at risk in a number of different ways. For example:

a)  leaving papers on a train

b)  theft of a laptop, tablet or smartphone

c)  a computer or mobile device becoming infected by a virus or other malware, perhaps as a result of opening an attachment to an email or clicking on a link in a phishing email.

Download: Breaches of Data Security:

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Download: Managing Data Protection Breaches:

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Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional practice and ethics and on information security. It is not “guidance” for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor bodies regulating information security nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise – and cannot be relied on as giving – legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please see here.

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