October 30, 2017 Top Story

New ABA Guidance on Electronic Client Communications

What constitutes reasonable efforts in protecting client information?

Onika K. Williams

The ABA's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility has issued Formal Opinion 477R which recommends that attorneys take reasonable efforts to the prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access of client information. This opinion updates the ABA's guidance on protecting electronic client communications, including the possible encryption of emails when warranted.

 

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