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Protecting Company Confidential Information from Disclosure by Employees and Independent Contractors

Posted by Zehra Mahid | Jul 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

How can you protect your business from having its confidential and proprietary information disclosed by employees and independent contractors? 

The best way to protect your confidential and proprietary business information from disclosure is to have your employees and contractors sign an employment or consultant agreement with confidentiality provisions. Such an agreement should contain a definition of "confidential information" that is broad enough to cover the business interests that you want to protect. These may include customer lists, business practices, market research, sales strategies and even training methods and content. Ideally, you should have employees and independent contractors sign the agreement at the beginning of the relationship in order to set expectations. Preventative measures always cost less that cleaning up after the fact, particularly when clean up involves messy legal disputes and fees.

About the Author

Zehra Mahid

I am the owner of the Mahid Law Firm, a privacy and cybersecurity law firm. I graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2002. I began my legal career with the American Bar Association in Washington DC. I then went on to spend the majority of my legal career working for Humana I...


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