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  1. Tech Thursday: Is Your Smartphone Tracking You?
  2. Tech Thursday: Staying Safe Online
  3. The Nation's 1st Online Hybrid Law Degree is Underway in St. Paul, Minnesota
  4. Tech Thursday: Why You Need A Third-Party Antivirus Utility On Your Windows Computer
  5. Ohio Supreme Court Adopts New Amendments to Ohio Ethics Rules for Lawyers
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Tech Thursday: Is Your Smartphone Tracking You?

"If you have an iPhone or an Android, chances are that every single move you make is being tracked, location by location, including the exact times you were there." That quote, from Today's Jeff Rossen and Jovanna Billington, is a little unnerving. As our phones get smarter, they also collect more information on us. The authors, in their article "Your smartphone may be tracking your every move", give us step-by-step instructions to shut off tracking on iPhones and Android phones. You can read their article here.

    

Tech Thursday: Staying Safe Online

How about a little spring cleaning for your online security? Keeping your online information secure is a must these days. CNET's Eric Franklin's article "How to stay safe online: CNET's
security checklist" gives you some great ideas to get started. You can read his article here.

    

The Nation's 1st Online Hybrid Law Degree is Underway in St. Paul, Minnesota

The William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota is the 1st law school in the country to offer an online hybrid law degree. It is also the country's first hybrid online and in-person program approved by the American Bar Association. According to CNBC, 85 students from 31 states and two countries began taking classes in January, and "[e]very class is half online and half in person." What this means is that "William Mitchell still must perform half its instruction in person, which it will accomplish with one jam-packed week each semester, plus two more at the start of the first and second years." Tuition is still pricey at $27,770 per year. A local Minnesota newspaper reports that "Eighty percent of the program's students live outside of Minnesota, in 29 other states and Canada. They include five medical doctors and range in age from 22 to 67."

    

Tech Thursday: Why You Need A Third-Party Antivirus Utility On Your Windows Computer

Your Windows computer comes with a built-in antivirus program, but you shouldn't rely on it to keep you totally safe. PCMag's Neil J. Rubenking's article "Think Windows's Built-In Antivirus Will Keep You Safe? You're Wrong" offers some surprising test results. He writes that "Results from independent labs and our own hands-on tests show that you really need a third-party antivirus utility." You can read his full article here.

    

Ohio Supreme Court Adopts New Amendments to Ohio Ethics Rules for Lawyers

The Ohio Supreme Court recently adopted several amendments to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. Some of the major topics covered by the new changes include technology, confidentiality, client development, and client solicitation. According to Courtnewsohio.gov:

"A few of the more significant changes include:

  • Requiring lawyers to maintain competency regarding the risks and benefits of technology (Rule 1.1), including making reasonable efforts to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of or access to confidential client information (Rule 1.6).
  • Revising Rule 4.4 (Rights of Third Persons) to add electronically stored information to the scope of the rule and to expand on a lawyer’s duties if he or she inadvertently receives this type of information.
  • Modifying Rules 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 (Lawyer Advertising) to reflect advertising and solicitations that may be made via the Internet and in electronic format. In addition, the Ohio-specific portion of Rule 7.3 would be revised to correspond to references to telemarketing laws and rules contained in Board Advisory Op. 2013-2 (text message solicitations).
  • Amending Rule 1.6 (Confidentiality) to allow lawyers to make a limited disclosure of confidential information to detect and resolve conflicts associated with a change in employment or a change in the ownership or composition of a law firm.
  • Amending Rule 7.3 to prohibit the solicitation of potential clients who are minors or who are unable to make informed decisions regarding representation."
    

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