If you weren`t the one setting the privacy directive, you probably would have had times when you couldn`t tell if something was being shared with you confidentially. You may even have kept in trouble because you revealed something you didn`t know you had to keep secret. Is information about a project confidential just because it comes from a private meeting with your boss? What about the customer database called “Confidential”, but which the whole company can access freely? Most confidentiality agreements also contain a provision about what should happen if you are legally obliged to disclose confidential information. In most cases, this involves informing the other party that you have been legally required to disclose the information and that you are only disclosing what is absolutely necessary.