Say What? Terminated Employees ‘Own’ Their LinkedIn Accounts (and the Company’s Trade Secrets)?


Companies are getting a big surprise these days: Employees are leaving with their LinkedIn accounts and the company’s proprietary list of business contacts. LinkedIn is a well-known, business-oriented social media website that allows account holders to add business contacts and develop a network. Companies are mistakenly letting employees add the firms’ business contact lists to employees’ LinkedIn accounts.

This can result in the company losing trade secret protection for its business contact lists in several ways.

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Topics:  LinkedIn, Sensitive Business Information, Social Media, Social Media Policy, Termination, Trade Secrets

Published In: General Business Updates, Communications & Media Updates, Intellectual Property Updates, Labor & Employment Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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