I previously posted about how I don’t use or recommend the use of Dropbox for confidential attorney work product type stuff over here, but just came across this great write up about the issue from attorney, and self proclaimed HyTechLawyer, Bill Latham.
In Use of DropBox By Lawyers is Risky Business – Ethical Issue, he concludes:
Dropbox has two main functions: (1) the transfer of data/files between device and computers and (2) the storage of data. If Dropbox is used only to transfer files between devices, and the file once transferred is promptly deleted from Dropbox, the risk to client confidentiality would appear to be small, but nonetheless present. However, if Dropbox is used as a storage location for client files, then unless the files are separately encrypted, the Terms of Service and related policies of Dropbox do not provide adequate assurances of confidentially to give this lawyer confidence that they pass ethical muster.