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HTC Executives Arrested Over Leaked Trade Secrets 41

An anonymous reader writes "Three HTC executives have been arrested on suspicion of leaking corporate secrets. From the article: Taipei prosecutors confirmed that HTC vice president of product design Thomas Chien, research and development director Wu Chien-Hung and senior manager of design and innovation Justin Huang were arrested on Friday. Mr Chien and Mr Chien-Hung remain in custody, while Mr Huang was released on bail, prosecutors office spokesman Mou Hsin Huang said. The executives were also accused of making false commission fee claims totaling around T$10m ($221,000). No further details about the allegations were immediately available.'"
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HTC Executives Arrested Over Leaked Trade Secrets

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  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Monday September 02, 2013 @12:06PM (#44739037) Journal
    How much are the secrets of going into a surprisingly steep decline worth these days?
    • by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Monday September 02, 2013 @01:22PM (#44739579)

      How much are the secrets of going into a surprisingly steep decline worth these days?

      Considering the expansive definition of what a "trade secret" is these days, it could be grandma's tuna cassarole recipe that the secretary shared. Afterall, maybe someone decided to make a restaurant based on it, and thus it was supposed to be a secret recipe and... you know, the recipe was actually a wiccan spell to summon the lesser demon of stupidity; Litigatus.

  • by gmuslera ( 3436 ) on Monday September 02, 2013 @12:22PM (#44739141) Homepage Journal
    Any person that work for a non US company storing in the "cloud" internal data (even if is sending a presentation in a private mail, or talking about it in skype) is in fact leaking trade secrets, and probably being target for jail with this kind of ruling. Browsing in social sites from a machine or in the open internet in general holding whatever could be seen as trade secret is risky at the very least.
    • Yeah they probably sent an email to someone who uses Gmail, or maybe they used a HTC Android phone for anything. Same result, all your data (and the famous meta-data) leaked right there. Jail-time!

  • Perhaps this is a new corporate version of an exit clause for the "golden parachute" so many execs have :-)

    I can imagine the secrets -- power button and volume rocker location: left, right, or top of the case.....

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