Hot on the heels of the Information Commissioner (see below), the European Commission has anounced a public consultation to collect views about how business and research know-how is protected across the EU (perhaps with one eye on a New Year's Resolution).
About time, some might say. As the Commission itself has noted, keeping vaulable information secret is often the only or most effective way that businesses have to protect their intellectual property - after all, not every good idea is patentable. The Commission has picked up concerns regarding the effectiveness of legal protection against the misuse of confidential information, which is currently only regulated at national level (without harmonisation across the EU), and decided to analyse the situation.
Changes to the laws on the protection of confidential information are likely to be highly relevant to the technology sector. You can follow, and contribute to, this consulation on the Europa website between now and 8 March 2013.