Mozilla has added features to Firefox to improve data privacy and security, including social media tracker blockers, a tracking report and breach notification. Meanwhile, Google's Chrome 78 offers Password Checkup and breach notification.
Software provider Clio has added dashboard and scheduling features to its platforms for practice management. It has also updated its mobile app to include new capabilities within Clio Payments, which the company says has processed more than $1 billion in transactions over the past year.
Technology has infiltrated every corner of the legal industry, and those who don't keep up will find the results reflected in court, warns CEO Holly Urban of EffortlessLegal. Urban lists seven areas where lawyers can find an edge, including combing social media because many people "don't realize that this information is so easy to access."
Indian financial institutions have been hit by a new strain of spyware that tracks transaction data, Kaspersky reports. The spyware is a variant of ATMDtrack, which steals bank card data, and is used by a highly active advanced persistent threat group known as Lazarus.
Most writers of cyberinsurance have a recommended list of data security providers, but some law firms insist on going with a vendor they find a comfortable fit, experts say. Even finding a security company to perform preventive services can be a challenge for law firms and their insurers, especially those far from cities.
A travel services company used by the US military left its database unsecured in the cloud, exposing information on "the operations and activities of the US government and military personnel," researchers with VPNMentor say. The company, AutoClerk, has now secured the data, which included personal information and travel itinerary specifics such as flight numbers and hotel rooms.
The rise of artificial intelligence across all industries includes the legal field, according to the RELX 2019 Emerging Tech Executive Report, a survey of 1,000 senior decision-makers. Overall, 72% of respondents said they use AI, up 24 percentage points from 2018; in legal, AI use was 65%, up 11 points, with the vast majority of executives crediting emerging tech for increasing productivity.
We The Action, a website that has linked pro bono lawyers with nonprofit organizations since mid-2017, is celebrating the completion of more than 3,000 projects. Over 8,000 attorneys representing every state are involved at "the intersection of technology, law, and volunteerism," said Executive Director Sarah Baker.
Ken Adams, author of a book on contract drafting and consultant to artificial intelligence software vendor LegalSifter, says the process still consists of "smart people endlessly recycling profoundly defective prose." He blames generations of cutting and pasting for producing "a disconnect between what's in the contract and what people think is in the contract."
Foreign governments could again hack US election systems, but voters might not find out until after the election because no law compels government officials to disclose breaches. A federal policy makes the privacy of breach victims a priority, though Colorado and Iowa require local officials to notify the state about suspected breaches.
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