Introducing the LOCS:23 Standard: A Milestone in Legal Data Protection

In the ever-evolving landscape of data protection and privacy, the need for robust standards to safeguard sensitive information has never been more paramount. Recognising this imperative, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has recently approved the ground-breaking LOCS:23 Standard, heralding a new era of data protection within the legal services sector.

Understanding the LOCS:23 Standard

The LOCS:23 Standard is a comprehensive set of controls meticulously designed to ensure the protection of client personal data while adhering to the stringent requirements of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Developed as the only certification standard for legal services endorsed by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office), LOCS:23 embodies the pinnacle of best practices in safeguarding client data.

Key Features and Benefits

One of the pivotal aspects of the LOCS:23 Standard is its quantifiable and auditable nature, providing legal service providers with a tangible framework to measure and demonstrate compliance. This ensures that organisations not only adhere to regulatory requirements but also uphold data protection as a core tenet of their operations.

The primary focus of the LOCS:23 Standard revolves around the processing of personal data within the client file, a cornerstone activity within legal service provision. By maintaining client data as a single electronic record known as the ‘Client File,’ legal service providers must diligently adhere to UK GDPR requirements, ensuring the protection of data and honouring clients’ rights as data subjects.

Scope and Applicability

The applicability of the LOCS:23 Standard extends to any provider of legal services seeking LOCS:23 certification, provided they can demonstrate adherence to data protection best practices. The standard’s controls are meticulously mapped to UK GDPR requirements, enabling certified organisations to showcase their compliance with UK data protection laws with confidence.

Certified legal service providers and their affiliated suppliers, vendors, and solution providers are entitled to display the LOCS:23 logo on their promotional materials, signifying their commitment to data protection excellence. Moreover, the standard encompasses the entire legal service supply chain, ensuring comprehensive protection of client data even when shared with data processors or other legal service providers

Written by Lisa Summerton