An expression of the procedure of silence is contained in Appendix 1, Point A), „Application of a procedure of silence in the Permanent Council and the Security Cooperation Forum“ of the OSCE Internal Regulation (2006):  When someone makes an offer to you and you do not react, you are not normally bound by a contract. Your silence is generally not considered a guess if you don`t really intend to accept it. This is generally true even if the person making the offer explicitly states that your silence is considered an acceptance. Wigand, a former vice-president of research and development at Brown-Williamson, had signed a confidentiality agreement in severance negotiations following his dismissal in March 1993. But then, with 60 Minutes, he began working to cover his coverage of the industry`s efforts to hide Wigand`s research, among others, on the harmful effects of smoking. And in the context of acquisition by Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and also because of Wigand`s kind of work with the show – he received consulting fees for part of it and CBS promised to compensate him against any future actions of his employers – cbs`s in-house counsel sounded the alarm that the network could be sued for „twisted interference“ in its NDA. A version of the planned story aired, but without Wigand`s interview. 2. Immediately after this meeting, the secretariat adopts an interim text of the decision without a number and with a temporary title reflecting the fact that the decision is subject to a procedure of silence. The interim text is attached to this meeting.
He received a letter from BCforward, the sponsor who paid him to tell him he was in violation. There was scary language about how it could be on the bar for large sums of money. But like most journalists also Schrader didn`t really have on assets that could claim such legal action. „Well, go after me, you can have my laptop for a few hundred dollars, like awesome.“ Please take my car, I can`t afford it anymore. There was never a trial. But those considering talking to a reporter despite a confidentiality agreement, according to Mullin, should be afraid. While there are, he says, decisions that limit the effect of NDAs in the case of illegal activities, the cases are not consistent. And he says he never advises a client to break a relevant agreement. „I don`t think journalists should take this lightly,“ he tells me. „If you convince a layperson to violate a confidentiality agreement, put him in serious financial danger.“ The reason why many of these men felt protected from the consequences of their own bad behavior is largely the same reason why many companies are confident that their embarrassing revelations will never come out: once a problem in the technology industry, confidentiality agreements (NDAs) have spread throughout the business landscape , supposedly any secret, any element of public misconduct – or more precisely outside the opinion of a journalist who asks who might want to reveal a false one.