Departing employee convicted of taking client records before joining rival firm

Employees risk both criminal prosecution and civil action for unlawful use of information belonging to employers

It has never been easier for employees leaving one job in order to start another – often in a rival organisation – to steal important data, such as client lists, order histories and trade secrets. Just a couple of clicks on the mouse and valuable information can be sent to a personal computer and used for the benefit of the new employer.

Mark Lloyd from Shropshire did just that. Before leaving his job at Acorn Waste Management Ltd, he sent the details of 957 customers, as well as purchase histories and other material, to his personal computer.

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