Given the obvious concerns within ethics rules and state laws respecting the protection of confidential client information, attorneys should have a solid handle on terms of service (including privacy policies) applied to the platforms they use to store information; and, moments like these: when terms of service are updated/revised substantially, offer an excellent opportunity to determine what your relationship with your data retention provider currently is. Once you know what you’re dealing with, you may even be able to do something about it. In this case, PC World offers a useful guide focused on what you can do to protect yourself (to the extent it’s possible) from Google’s latest privacy incursions. Of course, there are ways to be proactive in gathering knowledge of what your service providers are doing with respect to privacy: You can schedule a regular review of your settings. (Most of the popular/free social media web services play fast and loose with advertising defaults, for example; but, you can change certain of these settings for your accounts.) You can stay updated on changes, as they come up, through popular technology websites, like the aforementioned PC World, Mashable and Social Media Today, among others. Since everyone has to have a blog these days, you can also track your provider’s movements through their corporate blogs — here’s Google’s; just take everything you read at the official channels with a grain of salt: there’s almost always a healthy dose of spin applied.