June 24, 2019 Feature

Alexa, Are You a Snitch?

Jason Beahm and Cameron Bowman

Would you trade the security of your clients for minor conveniences? At some point, society made this decision: We gave up privacy for convenience, and now we willingly give our information away. As lawyers, we must always protect our clients’ confidential information—it is one of our central duties. Yet, many lawyers are cavalier when it comes to their willingness to install Amazon Echo, an Internet-connected microphone, potentially filled with security flaws, inside their law office. Devices such as the Amazon Echo, which connects to the virtual assistant Alexa, and Google Home, which connects to its Google Assistant, do have a clear potential upside, but they also have the potential to be a Trojan horse and the source of a malpractice complaint.

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