United States v. Keystone Sanitation Company: E-mail and the Attorney-Client Privilege

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Vol: 7, Issue: 3, Page: 30

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Coon, Karen M.
Federal Communications Act of 1934; FCA; Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986; ECPA; United States v. Keystone Sanitation Company; Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; ARPANET; American Bar Association; ABA; Keystone; Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act; CERCLA; Computer Law; Internet Law; Privacy Law
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The rapid growth and sophistication of technology have changed the way people communicate. E-mail and the Internet have begun to affect the way attorneys communicate with their clients. E-mail is fast and convenient, but it is not without risks. The risk of illegal interception and the risk of inadvertent disclosure are serious issues that attorneys need to be aware of and try to prevent so that the attorney-client privilege is protected as much as possible. Although communicating with a client by e-mail may be risky, the risks posed by e-mail are no different from those posed by communicating by postal mail, telephone, or fax machine.