Ivan R wrote:
My client wants me to sign NDA. So he asked me to give him my address and copy of passport. is it right?
Nothing wrong with an NDA (which generally requires your address) - but definitely NOT the passport. It is absolutely out of the question and I think you should report the client to CS.
Please, be careful not to share any private or sensitive information with clients on Upwork. All the information needed to hire and pay you via Upwork is available on your profile. Clients may ask you to sign NDA but you can let them know that some information they request can't be shared for privacy reasons.
Michelle S wrote:
I sign NDAs all the time. Probably about every other or every third client through Upwork. I’ve never had to provide my address or passport.
If you never give your address, what kind of identifying information do you provide that will allow the other party to actually serve notices/enforce the NDA (a legal contract) in case of a breach?
I just pulled up one the last ones I signed to double-check. It just has my name, my company name, my title and my signature. I suppose they can look up the address that my company is registered at. They usually just ask for name, company name and a signature.
Now, sometimes if I'm getting paid directly from the company for clients that I obtain outside of Upwork, I have to provide a lot more information.
However, no one through Upwork has ever required my address. If it was the case that I needed to provide personal information to clients through Upwork, I would decline the project.
In the end, anyone can probably track me down with just my name. I have a LinkedIn profile and a quick web search would probably allow them to track me down if they really needed to find me.
Some of these NDAs have even been from super-strict tech companies. However, I don't do any type of legal work and I'm not a programmer, so maybe they aren't that worried about me breaching their contract. Mostly, I'm working with people's data.
It is very common for an NDA to require address (not passport though). I recommend to people that they procure a PO BOX and then use that address for all matters involving their business in place of a personal residence. Cheap investment that protects while allowing you to pursue client relationships where an address is asked for on an NDA (which again is appropriate).
I would never sign an NDA that didn't properly identify the parties involved. It doesn't make any sense to sign a contract that cannot be enforced. If that's how you feel, just decline signing it and point them towards Upwork's ToS that contain some sort of confidentiality clause.
If you're registered as a business and can be tracked down easily, why not provide the business address in the first place?
I would never send anyone a copy of my passport. But my business address is not a secret to be kept from clients.
That's up to their legal team. You never give your personal information when signing an NDA.
There's simply no need for it. And someone on UW asking for your passport - that's a scammer.