In swipe at China, TPP bans demands for source code

posted on October 23, 2015

The 12 member nations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact have agreed to prohibit demands that companies reveal software source code (see below), a step that appears aimed at curbing efforts by China to gain access to this sensitive information, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

Source code is the confidential information for software and is a "blueprint" embedded in many commonly used products, such as vehicles, mobile phones and home appliances. Source code is usually tightly guarded because it contains commands that make using the software easier.

China requires foreign companies operating there to hand over source code, a move that has sparked sharp criticism from many countries. Observers believe the decision by TPP participants to ban demands to reveal this code is intended to restrain China's move.

The TPP's electronic commerce chapter in principle prohibits the 12 member nations from demanding access to source code for mass-produced software.


source by newsonjapan
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