Paul Gilroy QC comments in The Times on Brussels trade secrets law.
Paul Gilroy QC commented
“The new Directive raises once more
the thorny issue of what amounts to a ‘trade secret’. Employers and employees
can have very different views on this topic. Whether or not certain information
qualifies for that description is bound to give potential whistleblowers pause
for thought when deciding whether to make disclosures in the public interest.
Put another way, one man’s corporate spying may well be another man’s
protection of the public interest. In this sense, it is hard to see the
Directive as anything other than a deterrent to potential whistleblowers”.