Confidentiality agreements, also known as nondisclosure agreements, ensure that proprietary information disclosed by one party will be kept secret by another party. Such agreements are often the only method to ensure that employees keep trade secrets, allowing both parties to acknowledge that a duty of confidentiality exists, defining the scope of the duty and spelling out the possible remedies or sanctions associated with the breach of the duty.
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