Lawyers sending electronic documents should take care to ensure the confidentiality of all information, including meta-data

November 5, 2006 in Confidentiality, Florida, Meta-data by PeterK

Florida Ethics Opinion 06-2 states that a lawyer who is sending an electronic document should take care to ensure the confidentiality of all information contained in the document, including metadata. A lawyer receiving an electronic document should not try to obtain information from metadata that the lawyer knows or should know is not intended for the receiving lawyer. A lawyer who inadvertently receives information via metadata in an electronic document should notify the sender of the information’s receipt. (Sept-15-2006)