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Another ethics opinion, another OK for cloud computing (access required)

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In March, Virginia joined the growing number of jurisdictions that have addressed the ethical issues presented by lawyers who use cloud computing in their practices and/or practice law from a virtual office. Why are so many ethics committees suddenly addressing these issues? Well, it’s because lawyers are increasingly using cloud computing platforms in their law practices and opening up virtual law offices (made possible by virtue of cloud computing technologies).

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Hey, you! Get off my cloud: How to vet your cloud provider for security (access required)

Cloud-computing has become so convenient for lawyers that security has almost become an after-thought. But the cloud recently rained down a flurry of concern about security and client confidentiality when users of the popular provider Drop Box learned that a security breach allowed access without a password for a period of four hours. When the company revised its security agreement to say that some employees had access, many lawyers began to question the level of security in transmitting and storing client information in the cloud. Several state bar associations have weighed in with ethics opinions on cloud computing, with most giving lawyers the green light as long as they take reasonable steps to maintain client confidentiality.

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Legal Currents: LegalTech NY 2011, rise of cloud computing

Last month, along with thousands of others, I attended LegalTech New York in Manhattan. This annual conference is sponsored by American Lawyer Media with the goal of helping lawyers, law firms and their staff learn about the latest advances in legal-related technology. E-discovery and related issues are always a big focus at this conference. However, in recent years, seminars addressing both social media and cloud computing issues have become increasingly prevalent.

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