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June 16, 2017

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Ian Bagger

This is a good solution for the bulk of individual users concerned only with their own data. Bear in mind that if you have substantial volumes of client data that you might need to use for ediscovery or other purposes, this is perhaps not the wisest way to store it. While security is likely to be pretty solid on Google Drive with two-factor authentication, there is still the issue of access. Many multi-tenant cloud environments will throttle downloads as a preventive measure against DDOS attacks. I would advise storing client ESI data in duplicate on encrypted external media if you don't have access to (or in addition to storage on) secure local (or unthrottled) network storage. I'd guess you'd ultimately agree that as an attorney one's obligation is to get educated on security best practices or to engage professional support to achieve the best (i.e., most secure) result for your client. There are a number of additional considerations (such as potential for inadvertent spoliation and modification of metadata, for example) that also require some thought.

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