Metadata and Your Responsibility

Posted on: March 21st, 2016

According to The Florida Bar Ethics Department, Ethics Opinion 06-02, “It is the sending lawyer’s obligation to take reasonable steps to safeguard the confidentiality of all communications sent by electronic means to other lawyers and third parties and to protect from other lawyers and third parties all confidential information, including information contained in metadata, that may be included in such electronic communications.”

Click here to read the June 15, 2015, issue of The Florida Bar News article titled, “Lawyers are responsible for stripping metadata from all e-filed documents” for more information. You can also view the YouTube training video below that explains what metadata is and how to remove it from an electronic document before filing.