Last week the Information Tribunal ordered a Government department to publish specific details of a major IT contract with Atos Origin, following an individual’s request for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI). Pursuant to section 43 of the FOI, the Government body had refused to disclose the material requested on the basis that it was a trade secret and that disclosure would damage the commercial interests of the parties.Continue reading
Need for an NDA
If prospects do not sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) or confidentiality agreement prior to a SaaS supplier disclosing it’s business secrets and confidential information, the prospect will have no duty to keep this information confidential. An NDA should therefore include some basic legal clauses to protect your business if you win the sale and more importantly, if you don’t.
A SaaS supplier can be liable for the loss of backup tapes, not just under the terms of its SaaS agreement but also the Data Protection Act 1998, the Financial Services Authority regulations or other UK rules or regulations regardless of whether the SaaS supplier, its data centre or a third party losses the backups of customer data.Continue reading