As lawyers continue to grapple with serious concerns about privacy issues, web tracking presents a rampant challenge.
Solo practitioners and legal staff members at firms of all sizes may have attempted to solve these issues independently. However, without sufficient technological knowledge, those trying to tackle this ever-present privacy threat will remain entangled in a convoluted maze.
Here is information to help you understand “consent tracking” and immediate steps that you can take to safeguard your own as well as clients’ privacy.
In the report, “What does ‘consent to tracking’ really mean?” Malwarebytes Labs identifies the dangers of Internet-tracking consent forms. Clicking “yes” is required to use many web-based services or simply view particular sites. With some awareness of the implicit dangers of this often unavoidable gesture, harried lawyers in a rush to access necessary information may prompt a downward spiral of undesirable events.
The Malwarebytes report indicates that “Most platforms that engage in user tracking do so in ways that raise concern, but are not overtly alarming.” However, red-alert flags are raised related to another potential harm in “the use of tracking tags on sensitive websites. … User tracking has progressed so far in sophistication that an average user most likely does not have the background necessary to imagine every possible use case for data collection prior to accepting a user agreement.”
One point that lawyers need to understand is that companies may be tracking additional data beyond the basics. To start, they are interested in the following:
Besides paying attention to this privacy threat, lawyers need to remain vigilant about third parties tracking their clients’ online information. Despite repeated warnings about data infringement, recent studies have concluded that lawyers do not actively take the necessary precautions. In the rush of daily demands, they may even disregard visible evidence of security threats, which could leave clients vulnerable to cyberattacks and serious privacy violations.
Ever-growing online security problems may leave lawyers and others feeling mystified and, to some degree, helpless. However, instead of disregarding unsolvable privacy concerns because of limited time and frustration, law firms of every size can take immediate steps to protect all legal data including the following:
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