Cloud computing checklist now available

Lawyers and law firms considering cloud computing should consult the Law Society’s new cloud computing checklist. While cloud computing offers an array of benefits, there are also risks when a lawyer stores data with a third party, including security, privacy and regulatory compliance. The cloud computing checklist details many of the issues lawyers and law firms should consider before moving data into the cloud.

Cloud computing involves accessing data processing and storage applications via the internet. Multi-member virtual firms may use cloud computing to, for example, share documents among lawyers.

The Law Society first considered the implications of cloud computing in 2010 when a working group was struck to look into what rules and policy the Law Society will need for BC lawyers who are using cloud computing and/or remote processing and storing of business records; and to consider BC lawyers’ use of electronic storage, both in and outside of the province.

The report of the working group was subsequently released in July 2011. One of the recommendations was to publish guidelines to assist lawyers in performing due diligence when deciding whether or not to use a third party service provider for electronic data storage and processing, including cloud computing.

The Cloud Computing Checklist is available on the Law Society’s website Lawyers > Practice Support and Resources > Technology.

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