However, mutual agreements involve scenarios in which two or more parties exchange their own confidential information with each other. These agreements have sometimes been linked, but have very clear differences, both in scope and function. If you operate from California or Texas, you should check the rules in those states, as their laws and applications are different for these types of legal agreements. Non-disclosure agreements, on the other hand, are strict in nature and are subject to far fewer court decisions. Unless a party can prove that it has knowledge of confidential information from an external source, the non-disclosure agreement is generally enforced by the courts. Non-disclosure agreements and non-compete obligations are two legal instruments considered restrictive agreements that restrict what a person can say or do in certain scenarios. . . .