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Changes to UK law for the Trade Secrets Directive

The UK Government has published draft regulations to implement minimum standards of protection for trade secrets in all UK jurisdictions Trade secrets are an essential if often-overlooked aspect of intellectual property.  A wide range of commercially valuable information, from the recipe for Coca Cola to search engine algorithms to the…

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…

Secret Vote

The draft Trade Secrets Directive is to go to a vote in the European Parliament this week.  Despite recent amendments, it still faces opposition. When the Trade Secrets Directive was first proposed, there were concerns about the balance it struck between the protection of confidentiality for businesses and the concerns…

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…