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ABA Proposes Data Security Ethics Rule


May 17, 2012

The American Bar Association (ABA) is proposing to clarify the ethical responsibility of lawyers to safeguard client data against unauthorized disclosures, Hogan Lovells' Chronicle of Data Protection reports. A report from the ABA's Commission on Ethics 20/20 recommended several changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to lawyers' use of technology and protection of client information. The commission found that "technological change has so enhanced the importance of this duty that it should be identified...and described in more detail through additional comment language." The proposed rule states that lawyers should take "reasonable efforts" to protect client data.
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