Encryption for Lawyers
When you send information (an email message, a perhaps a file) electronically, it most likely passes through wires that are used publicly by many parties, or airwaves that are essentially radios. This means that someone may be able to intercept the information along the path and read it. In order to protect information from interception by unintended parties, technology was developed that makes the information unreadable by normal means. This is called “encryption.”
This article, co-authored by Rick Borden, Partner in the Cyber Law and Data Protection Group, covers other uses for encryption that are important to lawyers, including message or document verification and identity verification.