Monday, January 14, 2013

Alabama Ethics Opinion 2010-02


The Alabama Disciplinary Commission, in Ethics Opinions 2010-02, updated their views on the responsibilities of Alabama attorneys vis-à-vis client file retention, storage, and destruction, and in so doing, examined the use of cloud computing by attorneys in the state.

The Commission held that and maintenance for Alabama attorneys held that “a lawyer may use “cloud computing” or third‐party providers to store client data provided that the attorney exercises reasonable care in doing so.”  Id. at 16.  Reasonable care, as defined by the Commission, means the attorney has to understand how the provider will handle storage and security of the data and that the provider will maintain confidentiality.  Id.  The Commission also held that electronic data must be capable of being reproduced in paper format.  Id.

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