The Company I work has a Press Office. Ordinary employees are not allowed to talk to the Press. In fact we are not allowed to discuss our job with anyone.
I received an email from my Security Director last week warning me to be wary of discussing my employment role on the internet. I am not allowed a myspace type site if I want to continue working for 'them'.
written into my contracts with clients, and understandably so. During the course of advising them on future IT and internet marketing strategies I have access to company product development and marketing plans. I also work with several orgaisations in the financial sector, and I see sensitive client data.
It's normal for commercial organisations to want to protect their intellectual property, and a good way to do that is to have gagging clauses.
Conflict of interests? That is certainly a possibility, yes, but so far it hasn't happened. If it did crop up I would have to speak to the 'last in' client about it, and if necessary withdraw, but as I say, it hasn't ever happened.
I do see quite a lot of confidential stuff, and inevitably people tell me things in meetings which could be of interest to competitors. They trust me not to disclose such information, and I wouldn't dream of doing so - it would mean the end of my business if I did. It's one of the reasons I'm so careful to keep that side of my life separate from what I do here. I might refer to 'a client' but I could never mention names or locations etc., it would be unethical.