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Independent Contractor Agreement

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Asked on Nov 10, 2023

What about confidentiality in the contractor agreement?

I am an independent contractor and I recently entered into an agreement with a company for a project. The agreement does not contain any language regarding confidentiality or non-disclosure, and I am unsure what legal protection I have regarding the confidential information I may be exposed to during the project. I am looking to understand what legal protections I have regarding confidentiality in the contractor agreement.

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Business Contracts

North Carolina

Answered 242 days ago

N'kia N.

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While an independent contractor agreement is not absolutely required to include terms and conditions regarding confidentiality, including such terms and conditions can help protect both the hiring party and the contractor. An independent contractor agreement that does not address confidential information can potentially exposes the contractor to unnecessary risk and liability. For example, the hiring party could claim that the contractor improperly disclosed or used its confidential information, although the parties have not agreed to what would constitute improper disclosure or use. If you have already signed an independent contractor agreement, you can attempt to negotiate an amendment to the agreement. A North Carolina attorney who is knowledgeable in independent contractor agreements and confidentiality clauses should be able to advise about amendments or even help negotiate additional or amended terms and conditions.

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