5 Dec 2010
The Canadian Bar Association recently published a FAQ which addresses, among other things, ethical best practices for lawyers using social media. The FAQ provides links to this information at Question 17.
The social media advice is not exactly new – it dates to 2008 – but it does provide some guidance.
I tend to question some of the advice – particularly advice about using encryption for all confidential client information transmitted over the internet. I’m not sure that’s always practical.
What might be better would be to ensure that the client understands the risks involved with any means of communication, and to obtain informed consent.
The remainder of the FAQ provides a quick reference for some of the more common inquiries about keeping and preserving client confidences.
Hat tip: Slaw.ca