Confidentiality: technology has loose lips

Lawyers should be aware that email could theoretically be read by third parties in transit. Law Society of Upper Canada says encrypted (secured) systems should be used for especially sensitive communication:

If your laptop computer is lost or stolen, any confidential information stored on it could be compromised. The Canadian Bar Association “Guidelines for Practicing Ethically with the New Information Technology” recommends full disk encryption for laptops:


  1. on November 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Two sources familiar with the matter said they were not aware of any company that has been fined for breaching a confidentiality pact. But they say a number a suppliers have been verbally warned that they were in danger of losing their contract if suspected leaks persisted.

    • Drew Mathers on November 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      This is advice for lawyers from their regulatory authority. The law societies can discipline lawyers for breaching client confidentiality.