Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 3. Enforcement and Penalties

Disclosure Of Information Prohibited

80-9-304. Disclosure of information prohibited. (1) A person who uses to that person's own advantage or reveals to persons other than officers of the department or to the courts when relevant in a judicial proceeding any information acquired under this chapter concerning any method, records, formulations, or processes which as a trade secret is entitled to protection is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $300 or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.

(2) The department may exchange information of a regulatory nature with the proper officials of the United States government or of other states who are similarly prohibited by law from revealing that information. The department may not release information obtained from officials of the United States government or of other states when those officials have determined and advised the department in writing that, based on the statutes governing those officials, the information is confidential.

History: En. Sec. 13, Ch. 356, L. 1973; R.C.M. 1947, 3-2037(6); amd. Sec. 13, Ch. 396, L. 1999.