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Confidentiality paralysis

Lawyers, more than most, should be acutely aware of the importance of confidentiality and data protection.

4 September 2015

It is built into us through training and experience, becoming ever more instinctive as we progress through our professional lives. Yet, for our clients - and even world leaders - the concepts of confidentiality and privacy and the power of data remain abstract, or worse, wilfully ignored.

In the past week, Hillary Clinton has seen a raft of her emails released into the public domain. The juiciest, according to our editorial conduits, are of course marked confidential and were sent in the expectation that they would remain so. Such expectation might be reasonable; after all, these were communications apparently in personal emails, sent between private individuals from their private accounts.

Some of those released may have caused embarrassment to the presidential candidate, to existing and former governmental hotshots, and to others, but many will simply record the day-to-day mundanity of life, albei...

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