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August 9, 2023

Legal AI: The Unseen Data Privacy Risks

The adoption of AI in the legal field raises significant data privacy concerns, especially when sharing unredacted documents with AI models. LegalFly mitigates these risks with advanced anonymisation, secure storage, and strict regulatory compliance, ensuring data security in AI-powered legal processes.

In the age of artificial intelligence, the legal industry is undergoing a significant transformation.

While the adoption of AI brings numerous benefits, it also raises concerns about data privacy and security. Legal professionals need to ensure that sensitive client information remains confidential and protected. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of data privacy in the legal AI era and how LegalFly, the leading AI-powered platform, offers a robust solution to address these concerns.

The Significance of Data Privacy

Data privacy is a paramount concern in the legal field, as legal teams handle a wealth of confidential information on behalf of their clients. Maintaining client trust and complying with data protection regulations are crucial aspects of legal practice. With the generation of generative AI technology, it is imperative to safeguard sensitive data.

The Risk of Sharing Unredacted Legal Documents with AI

Sharing confidential legal documents with AI models (like for example ChatGPT) without anonymisation carries significant risks. AI models are not only trained on massive datasets but also continuously retrained using new data shared with them, and also possess the theoretical capacity to 'remember' or regurgitate fragments of previously processed information.


This means that every piece of information inputted into these AI models could be used to further enhance the model’s knowledge, including confidential details that are fed into the model and eventually could be reconstructed by other users accessing the same model. Furthermore, if such documents contain personal information, sharing them could breach privacy regulations like the GDPR. Failing to anonymise these documents can lead to inadvertent exposure of sensitive data, jeopardising individual privacy, breaching professional confidentiality obligations, and potentially resulting in both reputational damage and legal penalties.

The Challenges of Data Privacy in the Legal AI Era

The adoption of AI in the legal industry presents unique challenges when it comes to data privacy. Traditional methods of document storage and communication are no longer sufficient to ensure confidentiality. There is a need for innovative solutions that can protect data while harnessing the power of AI to enhance legal processes.

Four-Layered Approach to Data Privacy with LegalFly

LegalFly understands the importance of data privacy in Legal AI services and has implemented robust measures to address these concerns. Here's how LegalFly safeguards sensitive information:

  1. Advanced Anonymisation: Before our AI even takes a look, we anonymise all personal information in your legal documents. Guaranteeing the privacy of you and all of your clients. Making sure that none of our AI models have access to the original document that contains the sensitive data.
  2. Secure Document Storage: LegalFly employs state-of-the-art security protocols to safeguard data stored within the platform. Your documents are encrypted at-rest and in-transit to protect against unauthorised access.
  3. On-Premise Anonymisation Solution: Recognising the unique confidentiality demands of some firms, we offer an on-premise setup of our anonymisation AI model. This ensures that all confidential legal documents are redacted within the confines of the law firm's own environment and hardware. By employing an air-gapped approach, we guarantee that not even LegalFly gains access to the sensitive data, such as the identification of involved parties.
  4. Compliance with Privacy Regulations: LegalFly is fully compliant with data protection regulations such as GDPR and CCPA. We prioritise the privacy rights of our users, have implemented measures to ensure compliance with the highest standards of data privacy and share a robust data protection agreement with customers.

Conclusion

As legal professionals embrace the power of AI in their practice, data privacy becomes a paramount concern. LegalFly, with its comprehensive suite of AI-powered features, not only enhances legal processes but also prioritises data privacy and security. With advanced anonymisation, secure document storage, regulatory compliance, and role-based access control, LegalFly offers a robust solution to protect confidential client information in the legal AI era.

Embrace the future of legal technology with LegalFly and experience the peace of mind that comes with safeguarding data privacy in the digital age.

Dennis Montegnies
August 9, 2023
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