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Trade Secret

A definition of trade secret is provided by § 1, Item 9 of the Supplementary Provisions of the Fair Competition Act.


The restriction is broadly defined as “facts, information, decisions, and data, related to the business activity and whose protection as secret is in the interest of the rightholders.”  


2008 amendments to the Access to Public Information Act considerably limited the application of that restriction. It can be used as grounds for refusal of information only if the disclosure would result in unfair competition between business persons. Moreover, the obliged body which issues the decision for refusal should signify the conditions which would bring to such a result.