Nicole Black, Will Encrypted Communications Using Cloud Computing Platforms Soon be Commonplace for Lawyers?,

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Accordingly, because email is outmoded, inherently unsecure, and there are now more secure forms of electronic communication available, I predict that within two years or so, lawyers in most jurisdictions will choose to, or be required to, communicate and collaborate with clients using encrypted communications. And, the platform of choice will be encrypted communication via cloud computing systems. In fact, switching to secure communication via cloud computing platforms will be one of the keys to putting attorneys’ (and ethics’ committees) minds at ease regarding the risks of communicating via unsecured electronic means.”


Referenced Authority:

  • ABA Formal Opinion No. 99-413
  • N.Y. State Legal Ethics Op. 709 (1998)
  • State of Maine Ethics Opinion 195 (2008)
  • Ohio Ethics Opinion No. 99-2
  • Hawaii Ethics Opinion No. 40
  • Utah Ethics Opinion No. 00-01
  • Florida Ethics Opinion No. 00-4
  • Delaware Ethics Opinion No. 2001-2
  • Virginia Ethics Opinion No. 1791


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