Freeman Patrick Wingrove writes:

If you want to keep a secret, as George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1884, you must also hide it from yourself. Attendees at the DMG Protecting Trade Secrets in a Digital Environment talk given by Liveryman Robert Bond on May 14 would likely agree that this saying applies today - because while the UK is not the totalitarian state Orwell envisioned it might become, technology has made it very difficult to keep secrets.

Robert took the attendees through a range of horror stories from state sabotage of secrets through disaffected employees distributing confidential material to a very simple but badly-judged selfie! Other attendees reported being quite shaken by the possible consequences of not protecting one's secrets properly.  

Patrick concludes:  The thought-provoking evening was best summed up by Robert’s closing advice, that businesses must take every step to ensure secrets are treated as such – not only to stop them getting into the wrong hands in the first place, but also to have a legal avenue to go down should those measures ultimately fail.

Since the event the EU’s trade secrets directive which has been published and can be viewed here.

 

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