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Encryption for Lawyers

American Bar Association, Business Law Today | June 2016
By: Richard M. Borden

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.

This correspondence should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult a lawyer concerning your own situation and legal questions.
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