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President Signs “Defend Trade Secrets Act” – Includes Key Whistleblower Protections


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President Signs “Defend Trade Secrets Act” – Includes Key Whistleblower Protections

WASHINGTON - The Government Accountability Project applauds landmark whistleblower protections Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 signed yesterday by President Obama, which would create significant safeguards for employees, contractors and consultants who lawfully disclose trade secrets to report illegality. Section 7 of the Act, championed by Senate Judiciary Chair Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), establishes criminal and civil immunity for employees who make disclosures to the government or to an attorney and strengthens “anti-gag” notice requirements.

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