Friday, February 24, 2006, 2/24/2006 09:17:00 AM

Trade Secrets and Lottery Machines

From the Des Moines Register, another case of state public records acts bumping up against trade secrets laws. Iowa newspapers are seeking information regarding sales at the state's new "TouchPlay" lottery machines that resemble slot machines.

Apparently, Iowa lottery officials have encouraged retailers to resist the public records request on the grounds that such information could constitute trade secrets.

The Register editorializes that companies shouldn't "expect to keep information about their lottery operations out of the public's hands: If private businesses want to get into the gambling business with the state-run lottery, they must expect that all information related to that gambling will be made public."

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