Federation issues guidelines on ethics and new technologies

The Federation of Law Societies of Canada has published Guidelines on Ethics and the New Technology. The Guidelines are available on the Law Society website in the Practice & Services/Practice Resources section.

The Law Society of BC Ethics Committee notes that the concerns addressed by these Guidelines are covered in a general way by existing rules in the Law Society Professional Conduct Handbook. Ethics Committee opinions relating to the transmission of confidential information over the Internet and the security of electronic communications were also published in the June-July, 1998 and January-February, 2001 issues of the Benchers' Bulletin.

The Federation Guidelines, however, expand on issues covered by the Handbook and are published for the information of the profession. They are guidelines only and are not part of the Professional Conduct Handbook.