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Today’s post comes from Anthony Lucas at the Jernigan Law Firm.
As technology changes and security threats increase, several states, including North Carolina, have modified their rules of professional conduct for lawyers to include a duty of technological competence.
When using email to communicate about client matters, lawyers must “make reasonable efforts to prevent the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, information relating to the representation of a client.” (MRPC Rule 1.6). The ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct recommend a factor based approach to assist in determining what constitutes reasonable efforts.
The factor based approach is based on the type of information being communicated, the type of electronic communication used, and the types of available security measures for each method. Some of the factors to consider include:
As technology changes, the cost of security safeguards decreases, and the availability of security safeguards increases, what constitutes reasonable efforts also changes. For example, the factor base analysis leans in favor of email encryption for sensitive matters as the cost of…