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Microsoft Promotes New Trade Secrets Bill

An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft lawyer has put forward the company’s conviction that the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2015, currently being debated at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, is necessary to protect digital businesses which are now hamstrung by having to pursue trade secret infractions — a federal crime — within state law. Though the bill, revised from its failed 2014 submission, contains necessary updates for the inevitable shortcomings of existing 1979/1985 legislation regarding trade secrets, its opponents are more interested in the way it would extend ex parte seizure law to federalize private information and data in corporate plaintiffs’ lawsuits and extend the possibility for closed hearings and media injunctions.

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