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After a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, the loss of life and damage to the building was almost immediately evident. Less apparent, legal experts say, is the cybersecurity risks as a result of rioting and the potential liability for any privacy incursions. Sen. Jeff Merkley (Democrat-Oregon) has reported that his laptop was one of several electronic devices stolen amid the chaos, and some of the rioters posted images in congressional leaders’ offices displaying computers with email platforms still accessible on staffers’ computer screens. 

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Alaina Lancaster

Alaina Lancaster, based in San Francisco, covers disruptive trends and technologies shaping the future of law. She authors the weekly legal futurist newsletter What's Next. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @a_lancaster3

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