Stories by Richard C. Darwin and Erin Welsh

  • When trade secrets meet Facebook

    Social networking sites are changing the way people interact, socially and professionally. Sites like <a href="">Facebook</a> and LinkedIn let people establish relationships and store information on their contacts. When effectively used and managed, these sites can significantly increase the productivity of salespeople and other revenue-generating employees. But the use of these social networking sites by employees to manage their business contacts can also have implications when those employees leave to join a competitor. Client lists and customer databases are frequently alleged to be trade secrets. If an employee has used a client list to build a network of links and/or contacts on <a href="">Facebook or LinkedIn</a> , does that list lose its <a href="">trade secret</a> status?