Certainly. EU Directive 2016/943 on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure, requires that reasonable steps, under the circumstances, be taken to keep the relevant information secret. Depending on the situation, different types of measures may be deemed reasonable, for instance access control, a non-disclosure agreement, or indeed an i-DEPOT. The option of an i-DEPOT has, for instance, been validated by the Dutch legislature as such a measure in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Netherlands Trade Secrets Act.
BOIP is not a private or commercial entity (with all the associated risks to the integrity of your data now or in the future), but rather an independent, neutral international organisation which enjoys specific privileges and immunities, in particular the inviolability of its archives and the documents which it holds. One of our remits is to protect trademarks, drawings and designs. The law states that BOIP shall retain documents in an i-DEPOT "on a strictly confidential basis" (Article 4.4bis BCIP). To discharge that obligation, we have taken appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the availability, integrity and confidentiality of i-DEPOTs. When an i-DEPOT certificate is issued, your data is secured. The services of a qualified trust service provider are used to sign the electronic i-DEPOT certificate, as required by EU Regulation 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. i-DEPOT content is not sent anywhere to have the date stamp and signature applied. On the contrary, it remains in a secure environment at BOIP. The end result is a digital certificate, bearing a trustworthy date stamp, that guarantees that the i-DEPOT has not been modified since it was submitted.
If you choose an electronic i-DEPOT administered by BOIP, you have the means to manage access to the i-DEPOT yourself through your account and control it as you see fit.
You can therefore rest assured that if you log your trade secret in an i-DEPOT that doing so, together with any other measures you may take, will be considered as reasonable steps within the meaning of the Directive and Netherlands Act.