I was notified this past week that the NC Bar Ethics Committee met at the end of July and decided to send the proposed ethics opinion, 2010 FEO 7 “Subscribing to Software as a Service While Fulfilling Confidentiality and Preservation of Client Property” to a subcommittee for further study. They will be providing an update on the status of the opinion again after the Ethics Committee’s meeting in October.
Is anyone aware of other state bar committees that are reviewing this topic? I believe that the ABA Center for Professionalism is currently reviewing cloud computing and considering the need to create some form of guidance or regulation related to the use of it in practice management. The elawyering task force is also working on drafting guidelines for the use of cloud computing. It would be great to know if there are other state bar initiatives related to SaaS, cloud computing or virtual law practice.