A few days ago I posted about the ethical propriety of using free Gmail for confidential legal communications. Another somewhat unsettled issue is the ethical propriety of a lawyer using a public WiFi network at her favorite Starbucks to facilitate confidential legal work, especially given the ability of the technologically skilled to intercept and read unencrypted communications sent over public WiFi networks.
That issue just became somewhat more settled with a recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. For a better understanding of the ruling and why it’s important to lawyers who utilize public WiFi while working away from the office, take a look at this great post by Jeff Richardson at iPhone JD.
Hat tip to Jim Calloway at Jim Calloway’s Law Practice Tips for bringing it to my attention.