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Criminal liability for data protection breach by departing employee

An ICO prosecution against an employee who emailed herself a client list demonstrates that the criminal law has a role in breaches of confidence. Departing employees are the greatest threat to any organisation’s confidential information. Even if they are not motivated primarily by malicious intent towards the employer, many will…

Trade Secrets Directive finally passed

On 27 May 2016 the Council of the European Union confirmed that it has approved the Trade Secrets Directive, meaning that it will become law. The date by which Member States must implement the Directive will be confirmed when it is published in the Official Journal of the European Union…

EU Trade Secrets Directive: compromise text agreed

The agreed text of the Trade Secrets Directive brings minimum standards for trade secrets protection in all Member States one step closer.  It remains to be seen how much national law will change in its implementation. On 15 December 2015, the EU Presidency announced that a full compromise text had…