A recent study by independent data privacy research firm Ponemon Institute of 3,317 individuals in six industrialized countries found that employees are moving intellectual property, including trade secrets, outside their companies in all directions.
Over half of those surveyed admitted they had emailed business documents to their personal email accounts; 41% said they do this at least once a week. The same percentage of respondents confessed they downloaded company IP to personally-owned tablets or smartphones. A majority of those surveyed did not believe this was “wrong.”
To learn more about the survey results, and what employers can do to minimize data theft, please read more at Littler's Unfair Competition & Trade Secrets Counsel.