The US Justice Department has reassured US companies that they can share technical information with competitors on the Year 2000 issue without incurring the wrath of the Federal Trade Commission and its antitrust crusaders.
The Department warned that companies should not share competitive information, prices and customer data for example, and if companies are unclear about the grey areas, they should submit plans to the antitrust division. The Justice Department will publish more detailed advice in the near future to clarify the situation.
Making systems Year 2000 compliant is a long, difficult process, and sharing information could reduce that effort significantly.
The announcement was welcomed by Jack Gribben, spokesman for The White House Year 2000 committee. He said: "It would be helpful if companies could share best practices and problems."
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