Formal Opinion 477–ABA

May 11, 2017

Securing Communication of Protected

Client Information

A  lawyer  generally  may  transmit  information  relating  to  the  representation  of  a  client  over  the internet  without  violating  the  Model  Rules  of  Professional  Conduct  where  the  lawyer  has   undertaken reasonable efforts to prevent inadvertent or unauthorized access. However, a lawyer may  be  required  to  take  special  security  precautions  to  protect  against  the  inadvertent  or unauthorized disclosure ofclient information when required by an agreement with the client or by law, or when the nature of the information requires a higher degree of security.

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