Law Practice Management and Technology

The Bottom Line Volume 34, No.3, August 2013

MCLE Self-Study Article: Addressing Social Media Security and Privacy Challenges

By Rebecca Herold

Addressing information security and privacy within business organizations and law firms has provided numerous challenges since before recently introduced technologies and comparatively new online habits of individuals. Among the many challenges are those that come along with social media use. There are many benefits that can be realized through the use of certain social media sites within law firms, but it’s important when planning to take advantage of those benefits to also know and understand the associated risks, both to privacy as well as network and information security.

Risks

As with any technology, along with the good there is always the harmful. While there are many benefits, there are also many information security and privacy risks and dangers with social media use, most of which can negatively impact all types of businesses including law firms. The following sections list some of the most common damages that have already occurred, some of them many times.

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