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However, she calls competence and confidentiality “the big two.” ABA Journal series: Cybersecurity and the law When the ABA updated the Model Rules of Professional Conduct in 2012, two significant changes occurred regarding confidentiality and competency. The rules now require “reasonable efforts” to avoid the “inadvertent or unauthorized” disclosure and access to client information, and for lawyers to not only keep abreast of the law but technology, as well. By using terms such as “reasonable,” the new rules “are flexible enough to protect the public in the face of new risks that may not have existed at the times the rules were written,” says Michael McCabe, an attorney in Potomac, Maryland, and a co-vice chair of the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section. Further, he says, what is reasonable cybersecurity for a large, multistate firm may not be reasonable for a small or solo operation. Similar to negligence standards, reasonable cybersecurity has the potential to create many debates and proceedings, such as in Harleysville. This is because experts, and often official ethics opinions, generally agree that reasonable efforts are about process more so than a particular technology or practice. For example, the updated comment to Rule 1.6(c) on confidentiality provides a nonexhaustive list of factors to consider whether an attorney acted reasonably in the lead-up to a breach of client data, but it does not endorse a specific approach. The comment recommends considering the type of information stored, the likelihood of a breach without putting safeguards in place, the challenges and costs to implementing safeguards, and how those safeguards may affect the attorney’s ability to represent the client. Last May, the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility built on existing guidance concerning confidentiality with Formal Opinion 477R. “It’s the most current, most thorough guidance on lawyers’ duties to protect confidential and privileged information,” says Lucian Pera, a partner at Adams and Reese in Memphis, Tennessee, and co-author of an article in the second edition of the ABA Cybersecurity Handbook. This opinion replaced a document from 1999, which many interpreted as a greenlight to send confidential client communications through nonencrypted email in every circumstance, Pera says. The new opinion says the 2012 Model Rules changes “do not impose greater or different duties of confidentiality.” However, “how a lawyer should comply with the core duty of confidentiality in an ever-changing technological world” does require some reflection. For many reasons, Pera likes the opinion.
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