Last year, five employees from HTC made headlines when they were arrested for allegedly stealing trade secrets from the company, according to a post by Zach Epstein on the BGR. Their high-level positions at the company were within the product design team, including the senior design team manager, vice president of product design, and research and development director.
To gather evidence against HTC employees such as these, “the starting point has always been to dig around in the contents of the employee’s email account, work laptop, BlackBerry or iPhone,” says Morna Mackenzie of Squire Sanders. But she warns that nowadays employees are more technologically sophisticated and aware that this will be the first place an employer will look, so they’re more cautious when using these accounts and devices.
In addition to looking in common places, Mackenzie provides some tips on trends in digital evidence and how employers can further safeguard their secrets:
Attorney Marlisse Silver Sweeney is a freelance writer based in Vancouver. MarlisseSilverSweeney@gmail.com. Twitter: @MarlisseSS. LTN: @lawtechnews.