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Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

gnasher729 Silver badge

The jailtime wasn't due to the severity. He got jail because he wasn't an employee anymore and had no right to access the old employer's computers at all, so he was caught by computer hacking laws. If a regular employee did this (one that had permission to access the data, but obviously not permission to send them to a competitor), it would have only been a data protection violation.

Of course the company can sue him and the receiving company for damages in any case.

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