NEW! Eye on Ethics: ABA Formal Opinion 477R: Securing communication of protected client information
The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued Formal Opinion 477R (Revised May 22, 2017) on the subject of a lawyer’s ethical obligations to protect confidential client information when transmitting information relating to the representation over the internet. The opinion takes a fresh look at advances in technology and ever-increasing cybersecurity threats, and provides guidance as to when enhanced security measures are appropriate.
This opinion is an update to ABA Formal Opinion 99-413 Protecting the Confidentiality of Unencrypted E-Mail (1999).