Every minute in the U.S., 113 smartphones are lost or stolen. That comes to an estimated 30 million smartphones lost or stolen in the U.S. per year with potentially as much as 10 percent of the population losing a smartphone. What does that mean for your company’s confidential information and communications? Certainly you have communicated about sensitive topics with people within your company, or with outside counsel on your smartphone. Are the communications you have with those individuals properly protected should you or your attorneys be one of the people so unfortunate as to misplace a smartphone?
Attorneys have an ethical obligation to protect client confidences and communications. However, for most attorneys and law firms smartphones appear to be an after-thought. If someone got ahold of an attorney’s smartphone, that person could have access to documents with sensitive company data or emails with confidential communications. Below are some steps you can take to reduce the risk that your company’s sensitive information will be accessed by others through a lost or stolen smartphone.