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Employer Held Liable For Accessing Data In The Cloud

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January 20, 2014

An employer who copied an employee’s personal client list, stored in the cloud, and then fired the employee and used her list to generate new business was held liable by a Manhattan federal judge. The case may be the first time a judge has held someone liable for taking information that was uploaded to a cloud service provider, a popular method for storing large amounts of data, and as such it may be a landmark case in the area of data rights.

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