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The Law Society of Manitoba on Computers and Technology

The Law Society of Manitoba does not have specific rules, regulations or practice directions on computer technology. However, the Code of Professional Conduct applies to e-mails, text messages, data stored "in the cloud" and Facebook as much as it applied to paper files and faxes, or a traditional brick and mortar law office. The principles of client confidentiality and privacy do not change. The only things that change are the mechanisms by which the protected information is stored and transmitted. Various Canadian Law Societies and their insurers have developed materials that provide guidelines and advice on best practice. These materials provide suggestions on how to properly protect electronic data and information, and practice more efficiently through the use of technology. We have provided links to some of the best of that material from other Canadian law societies, as well as American and Commonwealth resources. We also direct you to past articles Law Society of Manitoba articles on technology issues.

Best Back-up Practises and Strategies
Backup Best Practices and Strategies is a December 2013 Paper from Practice Pro outlining strategies for back-up of Law Firm Data
Cloud Computing Checklist
Cloud computing Checklist is a January 2013 Law Society of British Columbia Practice Resource. It offers a list of questions every lawyer contemplating cloud storage should answer.
Report of The Cloud Computing Working Group of British Columbia
In January 2012, The Law Society of British Columbia published the Report of The Cloud Computing Working Group, a thoughtful examination of lawyers professional obligations and the use of third party service providers for electronic data storage and processing.
Your Professional Liability Insurance and Cyber Coverage
Tana Christianson clarified the coverage exclusion for claims arising out of lost computer data or hardware. October 2012 Communique.
Who is Paying for the Tuna Sandwiches?
The Law Society of Manitoba’s Senior General Counsel , Kris Dangerfield discusses the ethical considerations of billing for Computer Research charges. December 2012 Communique
Guidelines on Ethics and the New Technology
The Federation of Law Societies circa 1999
2011-2012 Technology Committee Report
The Technology Committee of the Law Society of Manitoba issued this report to the Benchers in March 2012.
2012-2013 Technology Committee Report
The Technology Committee of the Law Society of Manitoba issued this report to the Benchers in March 2013.
Online Banking Safety
Tips on managing trust and general accounts over the internet. August 2014 Communique
Technology Management and Security for Lawyers and Their Teams
The Barreau du Quebec has produced an online guide that contains advice and recommendations on the use of technology by lawyers. The guide, available in the publication’s section of the Barreau’s website, includes checklists and links to sources. Click the above link to view the guide.
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