Trading Secrets in the Information Age: Can Trade Secret Law Survive the Internet?
Bruce T. Atkins | 1996 U. Ill. L. Rev.
Trade secrets are in danger. As it stands today, trade secret law is struggling with the problem of the Internet and losing. With a few keystrokes, a disgruntled employee of a business can send a multimillion dollar trade secret into cyberspace, making it available to the twenty million users who surf the Net. Current trade secret law is ill equipped to handle this problem, either to prevent or to compensate for it. This note suggests the development of a limited privacy right in trade secrets in order to prevent the extinction of trade secret law in the Information Age.