Can the EPA take pictures of a complex that is a trade secret?

Posted by Judd Robbins under Trade Secrets

Question by Amanda B: Can the EPA take pictures of a complex that is a trade secret?
Here’s the (fake, for school) scnario:
A chemical comopany operates a research complex, and the company considers it a trade secret. So, they deny a request by the EPA to inspect the site.
The EPA then hire a COMMERCIAL photographer to take detailed photos of the complex.

Do you know of any cases that deal with this situation?
They were arial photographs; and it was private property, the photographs were taken of a privately owned and operated research facility.

Best answer:

Answer by Shovel Ready
You didn’t say whether the photographer trespassed to get the pictures. Generally, pictures are legal to take in any public place, because there is no expectation of privacy.

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