Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar Opinion #195

Maine Professional Ethics Commission

Topic: Clients Confidence: communications with clients by unencrypted e-mail

Conclusion of the Commission:

The Commission concludes that, as a general matter and subject to appropriate safeguards, an attorney may utilize unencrypted e-mail without violating the attorney’s ethical obligation to maintain client confidentiality.

Rules: Code of Professional Responsibility of the Maine Bar Rules Bar Rule 3.6(h)(1)

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