This blog previously looked at both the ethical implications of cloud computing and state-level initiatives addressing cloud privacy concerns. Another area of concern is the lax ethical requirements of attorneys to encrypt electronic communication (i.e., e-mail) that contains confidential client information.
The inaugural post of this blog explored lawyer’s ethical duties of professional responsibility to protect client documents when using cloud storage. In addition to these ethical duties regulating lawyer’s use of cloud-based storage solutions, many states have enacted statutory regulations that require heightened standards of protection of when using technology to handle sensitive client information.
Whether lawyers like it or not, advances in technology are drastically changing the legal profession. For example, Katherine Wentworth-Ping, a 2L at Fordham University School of Law, recently explored the legal implications of wearable technology on the infamous O.J. Simpson trial. However, the implications of technology for the legal profession extend far beyond e-discovery and the courtroom; they extend to the heart of the attorney-client relationship.