The Law Society of British Columbia Has Apparently Banned the Cloud [Updated]


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At the end of a recent talk by Jack Newton, CEO of Clio, a bombshell:

[F]rom the back of the room, an attendee stood up and stated (roughly, to paraphrase): “I am Jan Lindsay, President of the Law Society of BC. This is black and white: BC lawyers are prohibited from using non-BC-based cloud computing providers, including Google and Dropbox.”

If you could only use cloud providers from your state or province, that would effectively eliminate the cloud as a computing option. It has to be a misstatement. No other North American bar association has gone so far; most are moving in the opposite direction and enabling lawyers to use the cloud. If Lindsay’s statement is true, it is a major technological step backwards for BC lawyers, and an especially big disadvantage for solos and small firms.

Update: David Bilinsky has tried to clarify the rules for BC lawyers. Unfortunately, I think it’s the LSBC president who needs to weigh in and explain to BC lawyers how she came to her conclusion that “BC lawyers are prohibited from using non-BC-based cloud computing providers.”

Update 2: LSBC president Jan Lindsay just published a statement:

I don’t believe I said that non-BC cloud computing services were not permitted, but if I did I was wrong.

Well that settles it. Lindsay refers lawyers who want to know more about their cloud-computing obligations in BC to Bilinsky’s post.


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