When Did American Judges Begin Using Email?

Source: Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, March 15, 2017

…As recently as 2013, most members of the United States Supreme Court, the very jurists who weigh legal questions about technology and privacy, had yet to start using e-mail….


2 responses to “When Did American Judges Begin Using Email?

  1. My doctor still has all his records on paper and does not use e-mail, only faxes.
    The subject of a book I am writing has reverted to using faxes for financial messages, says since a fax can’t be hacked.

    • I am not at all sure that is accurate. A fax goes on a phone line, or – these days, and not just recently – on the same communications band as any computer message. Also, a fax may be received as an email, just as something sent as an email may be received as a fax. The sender does not necessarily know what the addressee’s system will do with it.

      And it is trivially easy to fake a fax – if you cut out the signature from a paper document and taped it to another, after a photocopy or two and a fax, the recepient could not detect the alteration.

      On the main point – judges, like everyone else, have early adopters and latecomers to technology. Many have been using e-mail since the last century. They do, professionally, need to have some serious security applied, but there are court-based and government-based systems that have such security.