Court orders injuction against ex-employee for stealing confidential information

In the latest of what has become a string of High Court cases brought by employers against former employees (and directors), who have set up businesses on the back of product and/or customer information taken from their erstwhile employers, the judge observed that

"It is becoming increasingly common with the computerisation of information for employees who wish to set up their own competing business to help themselves to their employers’ confidential information. Some of this material is not necessarily confidential as such and is capable of being found with hard work. However the employees do not wish to go through the hard work and in effect what they do is seek to take advantage of their employers’ time and effort and expense in putting together valuable material which provides a tool to an emerging business. Instead of doing their own work using their own brains they simply hijack the employers gathered material."

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