Former employee is sued for losing data

Declan McCullagh posted a report on ZDNet News, telling that a former employee is claimed to have used a secure file deletion utility in violation of federal hacking laws.

The employee had worked in a real estate related business. His work consisted of identifying “potential acquisition targets.” When he quit and decided to start a business of his own, he had to return his work laptop — and the company consequently tried to undelete files on it to prove he did something wrong. However, it turned out that he had used a “secure delete” program to make sure that the files were not just deleted, but overwritten and unrecoverable.

The company claimed that the former employee’s alleged secure deletion violated a federal computer crime law called the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. That law says whoever “knowingly causes damage without authorization” to a networked computer can be held civilly and criminally liable.

However, the employee pointed out that his employment contract permitted him to “destroy” data in the laptop when he left the company.

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