NJ Chief Justice Creates Panel To Mull Metadata Ethics

By Martin Bricketto (December 11, 2014, 4:31 PM EST) -- New Jersey Chief Justice Stuart Rabner on Thursday unveiled a committee of nearly two dozen private sector, government and academic experts to help craft ethics guidelines for attorneys on the use of metadata in state courts.

The newly formed Working Group on Ethical Issues Involving Metadata in Electronic Documents will look at the ethical issues surrounding metadata — "data about data" that can reveal information like when a file was created and who created or made edits — and consider whether the state's existing attorney ethics rules allow lawyers to receive electronic documents to mine them for such details.

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