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NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement)

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a legally binding contract that a freelancer may be asked to sign as part of a project or engagement. The NDA is designed to protect confidential or proprietary information that the client shares with the freelancer in the course of the work. The NDA typically requires the freelancer to keep the confidential information secret and not to use it for any unauthorized purpose, such as sharing it with others or using it to compete with the client.

NDAs are commonly used in many industries, including technology, finance, and entertainment, where the confidentiality of information is important. They help to ensure that the freelancer is aware of their obligation to keep the client’s information confidential and to prevent them from disclosing it to others.

For freelancers, signing an NDA can be an important step in establishing trust with a client and protecting their own reputation and livelihood. However, it’s also important for freelancers to understand the terms of the NDA and to carefully review it before signing to make sure that it does not unduly restrict their ability to work or use their own skills and knowledge. If there are concerns about the NDA, it’s recommended to seek the advice of a lawyer or professional advisor.