Wednesday, September 05, 2007, 9/05/2007 08:02:00 AM

Breathalyzer Trade Secrets

We're posting this one because we still get hits on this old story from December 2005 concerning defense lawyers seeking to obtain the source code for breathalyzers used to convict their clients in drunk driving cases.

From Slashdot, a story that reports that New Jersey attorney Evan M. Levow has gotten an order from the Supreme Court of New Jersey forcing the manufacturer of the popular Draeger AlcoTest 7110 to reveal its source code.

Levow then turned the code over to experts, Base One Technologies, to analyze. According to the story, Base One found that, contrary to Draeger's protestations that the code was proprietary, the code consisted mostly of general algorithms.

In other words, according to the story, "the trade secrets claim which manufacturers were hiding behind was completely without merit."

At the same time these developments are occurring in New Jersey, Slashdot reports that Minnesota missed a deadline to turn over source code from another breathalyzer.

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