EEA ACT( The Economic Espionage Act)

What it means for businesses in Columbus & Cincinnati

The EEA makes the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets a criminal offense. Taking papers from dumpsters located outside of office buildings is called “dumpster diving” and this is a common tactic used by commercial information brokers as well as foreign intelligence services. It involves collecting and going through the trash left out for collection from residences and businesses. Stealing trash is not illegal. The Supreme Court ruled in 1988 that once an item is left for trash pickup, there is no expectation of privacy or continued ownership.

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