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industrial espionage

Industrial espionage is the process of illegally and unethically obtaining confidential information from other companies – formulas, strategic plans, pricing policies, experience – with an end to using said information to be able to gain a competitive edge.

There has been a rise in industrial espionage due to a more competitive environment. There is now increased pressure to gain such information, driven by advances in information technology which have facilitated the development of new...