So, you want to store client data in the cloud? Excellent! Odds are it’ll make you more efficient.
What are your duties under the rules of professional conduct? Good question.
In my view, a lawyer has a duty to take reasonable precautions to protect client information from unauthorized access or disclosure. The duty applies no matter the “place” that the information is stored. That is, the cloud is a “place to store client information” in the exact same sense as a storage facility out on the old county road.
For more, here’s my post The Cloud: What Are Reasonable Precautions?
Now, about that headline.
Jeff Bennion has a great post over at Above The Law: How Are Lawyers Supposed To Have More Security Than HBO? It’s well-worth the few minutes you’ll need to read it. A summary of his tips:
- Know your duties
- Don’t make unnecessary copies of things
- Know that some client data is more sensitive than other data
- Secure all devices & places where client data is stored.
Only 109 hours, 44 minutes until The Dragon & The Wolf. Until then, just as I’m sure you’ll take reasonable precautions to avoid spoilers, do the same to avoid the inadvertent or unauthorized disclosure of client information.