Ethical Obligations Regarding Information Security

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Ethical Obligations Regarding Information Security

To provide security for participants, documents and information in an arbitration case file are confidential. Arbitrators have an ethical duty to keep confidential all information obtained in connection with an arbitration or mediation. Information that needs to be protected includes, but is not limited to:

  • Social Security numbers;
  • Individual taxpayer identification numbers;
  • Driver’s license numbers;
  • Party and arbitrator addresses;
  • Brokerage, bank or other financial account numbers;
  • Criminal history information;
  • Fingerprint cards;
  • Expunged records;
  • Attorney-client communications; and
  • Medical records.

Arbitrators must exercise caution when using, transporting, storing and ultimately disposing of case materials. These actions must be handled in a manner that preserves the confidentiality of the information.

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By Ken Strongman

As a full-time, Mediator and Arbitrator since 2004, Ken’s overarching purpose is to leave the disputing parties in a better position than when they came to him. Ken works to unite people into purposeful and unified directions, actions, and efforts by getting under surface appearances. By doing so, he facilitates the parties in developing their unique solutions. Disputes addressed include business, securities, construction defects, real estate, intellectual property, employment, environment, energy, and trusts & estates.