A COMMENT ON DRAFTING CORPORATE COMPETITIVE INTELLIGENCE POLICIES

 

There are many forms of corporate Competitive Intelligence policies.  See Competitive Intelligence Ethics: Navigating the Gray Zone published (2006) by the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals.  There are also differing views on how detailed CI policies should be.

 

A company wishing to detail prohibited activities in its policy should include the following:

 

            (1) Bribery and theft;

 

            (2) Electronic eavesdropping or wiretapping;

 

(3) Trespassing;

 

            (4) Misrepresenting your identity or that of your company;

 

(5) Inducing another to violate his duty of confidentiality to his current or former employer;

 

(6) Accepting trade secret or proprietary information through a confidential relationship which you then violate;

 

(7) Accepting trade secret or proprietary information from another knowing it was obtained through a violation of law.

 

  

Richard Horowitz, Esq. 2005