Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion KBA E-403

Topic: E-mail Encryption, Attorneys’ Website

Faced with the following inquiry:

“May a lawyer use electronic mail services including the Internet to communicate with clients without encryption?”

The Committee answered:

“Yes, unless unusual circumstances require enhanced security measures.”

The Committee also addressed issues related to attorney websites.


Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct: 7.10, 7.20, 7.01, 7.08


Referenced Authority: Illinois Op. 96-10


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