0370 270 6000

already registered?

Please sign in with your existing account details.

need to register?

Register to access exclusive content, sign up to receive our updates and personalise your experience on brownejacobson.com.

Privacy statement - Terms and conditions

“Anti- censorship” Wikileaks gags its own employees

13 May 2011

In a beautifully ironic twist, the secret confidentiality agreement imposed by Wikileaks (described as being “at the forefront of anti-censorship” on its own website) on its employees has been leaked to the press.

The confidentiality agreement states that any significant breach of its terms will result in a loss to Wikileaks of £12,000,000, which it would then attempt to recover from whichever employee dared to leak information to the outside world. Luckily for the employees, it seems unlikely that this monumental figure is a genuine and reasonable pre-estimate of loss, meaning that the courts would be very unlikely to allow Wikileaks to claim such a sum.

The agreement also gives examples of how such loss may be caused to Wikileaks, the first listed being “loss of opportunity to sell the information to other news broadcasters and publishers”. It seems unlikely that the sources who risk their livelihoods to provide information to the public would be happy for it to be commercialised in this way.

related opinions

Uber drivers entitled to workers rights

Today the Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Uber’s appeal and agreed with the earlier decisions in Uber v Aslam by deciding that Uber drivers are workers not self-employed persons.

View blog

An exit for public sector exit pay

It took over 5 years for secondary legislation implementing the £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments to be brought into force; only a few months later, the Government has announced that the Public Sector Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (the “Regulations”) will be revoked, citing “unintended consequences” which have been identified after “extensive review”.

View blog

Are you prepared for IR35 tax rules this April?

From 6 April 2021, all medium to large private sector companies with a UK connection will assume PAYE liability for payments they make for contractor services provided through an intermediary if it takes the view that the contractor is not a genuine independent contractor but rather a “disguised employee”.

View blog

Immigration rules post Brexit

Free movement between the UK and the EU ended on 31 December 2020. Since 1 January 2021, a new points-based immigration system applies to all migrants wanting to come to the UK, whether they are EU citizens or not.

View blog

mailing list sign up



Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up