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Duty Not To Disclose Confidential Information Notes

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19th April Tuesday, 19 April 2011 12:01 p.m.

Duty not to disclose confidential information Chicken case

* Two types of confidential information - stuff that's protectable during course of employment, and stuff that's protectable both during and after the period of employment.

* Duty of fidelity covers disclosure of any information damaging to the employer even if it is not "confidential information" in the strict sense.

* Duty not to disclose confidential information in the strict sense survives termination of the contract. New Zealand Needle Manufacture

* Shower head holder (exciting stuff!)

* Manufacturing processes of a secret nature; customer/client lists/details of market research; accounts; details of tenders; budgeting forecasts; pricing strategies; advertising campaigns = confidential information.

* Things in the public domain = things that are in the public domain or likely to go into the public domain.

* An example of information that can't be disclosed during employment, but can be

disclosed after employment = your boss teaches you how to water down drinks correctly at the bar you work at.

* Example of information that can't be disclosed ever = a drink that has been developed that has secret ingredients. Confidential information:

* "Confidential information" (in the strict sense of proprietary interest) = protected by contract and equity both during and post employment.

* Other sensitive information (trust, confidence, good faith, loyalty) = protected by contract only during employment. Coco

* (See outline for the three criteria that must be satisfied).

Lots of cases dealing with whether confidential information was misused. English court of appeal:

* Nature of employment

* Whether employees habitually handled confidential information (Did they recognise info confidential)

* Nature of information (highly confidential? More in the public domain?)

* Just labelling info confidential isn't sufficient - but could contribute to evidence. Peninsula:

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