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ABA Formal Opinion 477R: Securing communication of protected client information

Just this past week, 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.