Washington says yes to cloud computing

Add another state to the ever-increasing column of those giving the formal OK to use of attorney cloud computing.

This time, it’s Washington state, in Advisory opinion 2215.

Washington’s position is similar to other states, focusing again on reasonableness and making clear, as is understood by most all practitioners, that attorneys have to use some independent judgment in securing property:

Specific practices regarding protection of client property and information have always been left up to individual lawyers’ judgment, and that same approach applies to the use of online data storage.

No state to date has reached an alternative conclusion regarding the cloud and the propriety of attorneys using it.

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