James M. McCauley, Cloud Computing – A Silver Lining or Ethical Thunderstorm for Lawyers?, Virginia Lawyer 49 (February 2011)

Conclusion of the Article:

With any emerging technology, lawyers must confront ethical issues that arise when the lawyer considers using law technology. Because data security is the lawyer’s primary concern, lawyers need to approach the issue of cloud computing carefully. ‘When going to the cloud, you’ve got to do some due diligence’, to ensure not only that the provider can do what you need it to do, but that it will be around long enough to do it when you need it. Finally, lawyers should consider that there may be particular types of information too valuable or critical to store in the cloud. As David Cearley put it, ‘I wouldn’t ever put the formula for Coca-Cola in the cloud.'”


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