TPP CONCERNS FOR SECURITY RESEARCHERS — The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement could put security researchers at risk of arrest by law enforcement or other criminal punishments because of language that defines what a “trade secret” is, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says. The treaty’s language — released officially Thursday — includes a section on trade secrets requiring participating nations to outline criminal penalties for anyone who commits “unauthorized and willful access to a trade secret held in a computer system.” The problem is that “trade secrets” is defined too broadly, EFF’s Jeremy Malcom told MC. The TPP “doesn’t require that it’s valuable, copyrightable, or patentable, anything like that,” he said. Rather, a “trade secret” just has to be a secret. That could lead foreign firms to slap trade secret qualifiers on anything that security researchers might nose through to find vulnerabilities in a bid to limit access, he said.

Friday, November 6, 2015