As companies move toward cloud-based technology, people's often incorrect views of property ownership have become a cause for concern. While physical property ownership is straightforward, there is often confusion over who owns data stored in the cloud.
"The trouble is that while raiding a filing cabinet may seem like an obvious infraction, blocking access to a cloud-based server can feel more banal," said Daren Orzechowski, a technology and intellectual property attorney at White & Case LLP. "It may be that someone didn’t think it's the same as if you were taking someone's hard files. Not that it’s right or wrong, but people act differently online."
"It's like the idea that because things are on the Internet that they are free to take. People’s views on what's permissible to do online rather than with tangible property in the real world–there’s a disconnect," said Orzechowski.