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Though created for use in marketing metrics, hidden email-tracking tools are equipping modern-day attorneys with the ability to discover how opposing counsel and others are interacting with received emails and their attached files.

Known as “spymail,” the technology poses a series of potential abuses and risks, and it has caught the attention of legal professionals across the country—nowhere more so than in Alaska, whose recent state bar association Ethics Opinion on its usage, adopted on Oct. 26, has garnered a host of reactions concerning the implications of spymail’s future in legal.

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