Corporate secrets disappear with a single mouse click

Battle between airlines shows technology has made corporate espionage easier than ever
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 11/08/2004

The Hollywood version of corporate espionage is pretty much dead. Dark-clothed crooks sneaking in and swiping information is a distant memory for most organizations.

Proprietary information isn’t kept in a basement archive. It’s sitting in a data file, online, being accessed legitimately by employees around the world via the Internet. Confidential information can flow instantly, and knows no geographic or time-sensitive boundaries.

Because of the Internet’s speed and accessibility, employers are increasingly threatened with the loss of key information, particularly with disloyal employees. Such is the case in the present $220-million lawsuit between Air Canada and WestJet.