September 18, 2020
Blowing the whistle on a large corporation or government agency can amount to significant risks to the whistleblower. The results may involve long-lasting, pervasive retaliations. When it comes to whistleblower case security, attorneys can take several measures to protect their clients, enabling them to do the right thing. The following steps will help to reduce their risk and keep them safe from retaliation.
Commit to Nondisclosure Agreements
Nondisclosure agreements are essential and should be obtained from anyone who comes in contact with the whistleblower. It includes your staff, security organizations that work with your office, and any third-party contractors involved. These must be put in place and enforced accordingly. Putting nondisclosure agreements in place and making sure they are correctly implemented will require commitment from everyone involved.
Assign Levels of Confidentiality
As an attorney, you need to differentiate between the information that can be protected and the information that, by law, must be made public. The Whistleblower Protection Act will help you understand what information is needed and what information you can keep confidential. There are instances where the Whistleblower Protection Act may not provide adequate protection. It will be up to you to identify what information can be protected and what cannot. This will allow the whistleblower to prepare themselves for the backlash they may face from testifying.
Work with the Appropriate Government Agencies
Depending on what type of case is pending, you may need to work with nearby law enforcement agencies. Working with more than one government agency is not uncommon and will allow you to move forward with your case using much-needed resources you otherwise may not have. Government agencies have access to technology and tools that you, as an attorney, may not.
Ensure Privacy and Implement Security Policies
Whistleblower cases often involve various types of technology. They may also require specific types of knowledge that need to be confidential. Privacy and security policies and protocols must be put in place and enforced throughout your company. Keeping your whistleblower safe is best accomplished when the right privacy and security protocols are in place. Constant monitoring of your internet and security policies is essential and is just one way to protect your office and staff.
At Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, it is understood that privacy and security are two of the most important factors in whistleblower cases. As a third-party provider, it is up to court reporters to abide by all security and privacy protocols put in place by attorneys. Whistleblower case security is everyone’s responsibility in the office, and taking the appropriate measures will ensure that your client feels confident and secure when they testify.