Data Theft Goes to Court

In the age of technology, data is key. Recent increases in data thefts and breaches have proven this importance of data -- and more of these types of cases have been taken to court. The number of data theft cases that have been brought to court have increased by 25% in the last year.


Data theft is also less likely to be from the outside (i.e. hackers), but from the inside, such as from employees. The digitization of information has made it easier for people to access their data from the cloud, allowing employees to take and distribute information outside of the workplace. As long as they have a username and password, they can access company data and information from anywhere -- even after they quit their job.

EMW, a commercial law firm, stated insider data breaches could also be a result of the recession, and subsequent fall in bonuses during the holiday season. Disgruntled with their end-of-year bonuses (or lack thereof), employees would steal data (i.e. client lists), and even set up  rival companies in some cases.

Despite the increase in cases regarding data theft, getting caught doesn’t mean it’ll go on your criminal record. As the High Court is a civil court, and not a criminal court, possible consequences of stealing data would be substantial costs and fines and injunctions to stop the use of the data.

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Sophia Kim

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