Frank LoMonte Comments on OUC Employee Non-Disclosure Agreements with Universal Orlando
Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is quoted in “OUC Workers Signed Non-Disclosure Pacts with Universal Orlando; Experts Question Why” published in the Orlando Sentinel on Sept. 18.
The article addresses the issue of five Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) employees that were forced to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) stating they would not divulge information about their work on Universal Orlando’s planned Epic Universe theme park.
According to LoMonte, “The state’s Sunshine Law allows public bodies to keep records confidential if they discuss trade secrets such as new technology being developed. Maybe OUC workers signed the NDAs to be cautious, but it seems a little silly.”
“Culturally it does seem we are inundated with NDAs,” LoMonte said. “Everywhere we look, businesses are getting much more aggressive trying to keep every single piece of information secret.”