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Author's profile photo Michael Mulder

Protecting your company, your intellectual property

People, whether acting alone or as an agent of governments or companies, are trying to gain a competitive advantage. Even my daughter (a native German speaker) going head-to-head with me (a non-native German speaker) doing her German dictation homework to see who can do better (we both had the same amount of mistakes).

In our digital age, it seems like there are almost daily examples of data being stolen or worse. In 2022 alone, we have had over 3 billion dollars in crypto stolen according to Security is a serious topic, continually at the top of the list for companies as well as individuals. But for companies, protecting intellectual property is a top priority, therefore the Product Compliance content team has introduced functionality for confidential business information on the substance level.

Starting in November 2022, this will also extend to the use of generic names to mask sensitive information. This process is easily done with the Manage Substances Compliance app in the new Confidential Business Information section. Just click Create, choose a language, and add your desired name. Save it and this new name will be used in subsequent processes to protect names or concentrations of your company substances on customer or logistics documents.

A side note, from November to the end of January 2023 this feature will need activation.

A little bonus note, the dangerous goods team is releasing the View Regulatory Data app too. This provides the regulatory data directly in the classification process and improves navigation to the classify dangerous goods apps for both unpackaged and packaged products.

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      Author's profile photo Darren West
      Darren West

      Michael Mulder - that's very cool! Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo Michael Mulder
      Michael Mulder
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Darren

      Author's profile photo Matt Dion
      Matt Dion

      Thanks Michael Mulder!

      I guess the big question is how would this new name be used. Does a substance need to be marked as CBI in every composition where it is used? Or does the CBI name get used automatically (whenever it is allowed)?

      Also, if automatic, what happens when a CBI name has been maintained in one language, but the substance is being used to generate an output in a different language? Does the system recognize that there is potential for a leak of CBI and stop the process?


      Author's profile photo Michael Mulder
      Michael Mulder
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      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for the questions. The CBI name is used where allowed. For your second question, there should be a message popping up within either the SDS generation, for example, or when the compliance requirement version is assigned. I don't work on those teams, so I cannot say that with 100% certainty. I can say that there is a fallback for Listed Substance Names, in the situation you described. If I find a more precise answer to your question, I will comment here.