I came across this post regarding ethics and the use of cloud computing by attorneys. The post is as follows:
MBA Ethics Opinion 12-03 was drafted by the MBA’s Committee on Professional Ethics and approved by the association’s House of Delegates on May 17, 2012. The MBA is not the official lawyer-discipline board in the state, so its ethics opinions are advisory only.
Even so, the MBA’s opinion adds to the growing and unanimous list of lawyer-ethics panels that have concluded that lawyers may ethically use cloud applications and services, provided they take reasonable precautions to protect the confidentiality and security of the data. (See our earlier post: Two New Legal Ethics Opinions Suggest Clear Skies Ahead for Cloud Computing.)
This brings to 11 the number of states that have ruled on the ethics of cloud computing. In addition to Mass., the other opinions are:
- North Carolina 2011 Formal Ethics Opinion 6.
- Pennsylvania Formal Opinion 2011-200.
- California Formal Opinion No. 2010-179.
- Alabama State Bar Ethics Opinion 2010-02.
- Arizona State Bar Formal Opinion 09-04.
- Nevada State Bar Formal Opinion No. 33.
- New York State Bar Association Opinion 842 of 2010.
- Iowa Op. 11-01.
- Oregon Formal Op. 2011-188.
- Vermont Advisory Ethics Op. 2010-6.
Notably, all of these states agree that the use of cloud computing is ethical.