FindLaw columnist Eric Sinrod writes regularly in this section on legal developments surrounding technology and the internet.
Do companies have legitimate concerns that departing employees may take critical corporate information with them when they leave? You bet, according to recent survey statistics. Indeed, as many of 70% of workers revealed that they would have "clear plans to take something with them upon actually leaving," according to a survey of London company employees by Imperva, a data security company.
The survey results demonstrated that 72% of the respondents confessed to having taken corporate information from prior companies. In that context, the most frequent types of materials taken were human resource materials, marketing information, and customer records. Looking forward, as many as 27% intend to take materials containing intellectual property and 17% plan to take customer information. Interestingly, many respondents believe that they "own" the information they have access to, and thus think that they may not be doing anything wrong when they take company data with them.