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Clarifying Cloud Computing

Al Harrison, Joseph Jacobson

In contemporary law practice, the phenomenon known as “cloud computing” is virtually unavoidable. As evidenced by the prevalent practice among lawyers of relying on such web-based infrastructure as Google Gmail, Google Drive, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Outlook, and such popular social media websites as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, practitioners should appreciate that cloud computing has become integral to the practice of law. Accordingly, attorneys must comprehend the ramifications of engaging in cloud computing while simultaneously complying with the applicable ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct for safeguarding the privacy and security of client proprietary information.

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