25th Jun 2013
Your email has been compromised
It would appear from recent media accounts that our internet and cell phone communications are, to put it mildly, less than secure. If you believe some media accounts the NSA is busy reading email, listening to cell phone communications, and intercepting other electronic communications. I feel sorry for the lonely analyst assigned to the task of reading my boring emails. He or she will learn a lot more about auto accident law than they really wanted to know.
We do have a legal obligation to keep our client communications confidential, which is why we suggest to our clients that they should not send confidential information by email. The general rule of thumb is: don’t send anything by email that you wouldn’t mind being printed on the front page of the newspaper. Your email passes through many different computers before it actually gets to my computer. Each stop along the way makes a copy which is available to hackers of many kinds. So NSA concerns aside, you will not want to email your social security number, bank account numbers, date of birth, credit card information or similar types of data.
Concerning governmental surveillance we are at a critical time in the history of our country where we are in the process of publically deciding how privacy should be balanced with security. These are interesting times indeed.