Cyber Security: The long arm of the law gets a little longer


Multinational companies, like hotel companies, often face challenges in enforcing claims against their employees and agents located in foreign jurisdictions. In December 2012, a federal appeals court decision — MacDermid, Inc. v. Deiter, No. 11-5388-cv (2nd Cir. Dec. 26, 2012) — made enforcement a bit easier when a company goes after employees who commit cyber theft beyond U.S. borders.

In this case, a Connecticut-based chemical company employed an account representative in Canada, and when the employee learned that she was to be terminated, downloaded to her personal email account data files that the company alleged were confidential and proprietary. The company sued the employee “alleging unauthorized access and misuse of a computer system and misappropriation of trade secrets.” The terminated employee moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction. The trial court agreed with the Canadian employee because she had not used a computer in Connecticut. The Court of Appeals, however, held that jurisdiction over the defendant employee in Connecticut, where she had never physically visited, was established when she intentionally accessed the Connecticut servers. Read more

Published in: http://www.hospitalitynet.org

By: Robert E. Braun and Michael A. Gold

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Technology is making greater and greater inroads into our lives. Right from when we wake up in the morning to when we head to sleep – we cannot imagine a life without the gadgets and gizmos that make life easy and interesting. When we travel and stay in hotels, our expectations are no different. We expect all the technological amenities we easily access at home if not more. The hospitality industry in increasingly accessing technology to wow guests, optimize their use of manpower, control hotel functions in an integrated manner and on the whole reduce costs while increasing efficiency. This blog is meant to track these technological changes happening in the hospitality sector. The growing move towards sophisticated hotel ERP, the growing use of cloud computing, the rapidly changing customer facing devices – smart phones and iPads, the increasing security concerns and more. Expect to find interesting articles, whitepapers, thoughts, and observations. Feel free to comment and even mail us content that you don’t mind posted here. Happy reading!
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