Extract from article by Christine Simmons
A massive Wells Fargo customer data breach was not the work of a hacker, but of the bank’s own lawyer who failed to review the bank’s entire set of discovery documents, including information about the bank’s wealthy customers, before it was shipped to a litigation adversary.
The event highlights the increasing risks of relying on unfamiliar e-discovery technology—and the potential liability exposure to lawyers.
“Unbeknownst to me, the view I was using to conduct the review has a set limit of documents that it showed at one time,” said Wells Fargo’s attorney, Angela Turiano, a New York-based principal at Bressler, Amery & Ross, in an affidavit. “I thought I was reviewing a complete set, when in fact, I only reviewed the first thousand documents.”
Turiano’s affirmation explains in detail how she inadvertently provided Wells Fargo customer information, including personally identifiable information about wealthy customers and their assets, in discovery.