North Carolina State Bar Formal Ethics Opinion 215

Topic: E-mail Encryption, Technology Communications and Duty of Confidentiality

Opinion rules that when using a cellular or cordless telephone or any other unsecure method of communication, a lawyer must take steps to minimize the risk that confidential information may be disclosed.

In using e-mail, or any other technological means of communication that is not secure, the same precautions must be taken to protect client confidentiality.”

Rule: 1.6


Referenced Authority: Colorado State Bar Ethics Opinion 92-90


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