Edinburgh-based luxury private jet charter company, Jetlogic, is taking legal action against a former employee, Vickie Clark, for allegedly accessing and using the company’s confidential VIP client information.
Jetlogic started proceedings against Clark after discovering that contact details for its high-end clients had been downloaded from its database. Clark, who worked for the company for nine years, quit her role as the firm’s client services manager last January and now works for a rival company established by her family.
Jetlogic has accused Clark of breaching her contract by accessing 465 files from its records while working her notice period, including their entire client database. According to Jetlogic, the information is linked to a number of high-net worth clients and it has described the data as being highly valuable to the company.
The company said that Clark “was not entitled to arm herself with client information and confidential material” to use in her new position at Private Jet Boutique.
Jetlogic secured an order at Edinburgh sheriff court for the recovery of documents that were then seized in a dawn raid of Clark’s home in Dalkeith, Midlothian. The company is seeking an interdict at the Court of Session to stop Clark from using the information.
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Clark, who denies the claims, said the data comprised email addresses that were in the public domain besides “perhaps six or eight” she had remembered.
Submissions to the sheriff court by Jetlogic’s lawyers said: “The names and contacts for the pursuer’s clients had been built up over a period of some 12 years. That data had significant value to the pursuer and consisted predominantly of a number of high net worth individuals.
“Someone using the defender’s computer and login details created a spreadsheet with details of the pursuer’s entire client database on January 25, 2018. On the same day, the same person accessed a document entitled ‘Archived quotes and flights’, which held all of the pursuer’s data from incorporation to December 2017 when a new computer system was created.
“On January 30, 2018, the same person downloaded 465 files from the pursuer’s central database onto the defender’s one drive system, which was a unique part of the pursuer’s server used by the defender. There was no legitimate business reason why the defender would have required access to this volume and nature of documentation.”
Sheriff Kenneth McGowan has awarded Jetlogic undisclosed expenses for the recovery of documents. The case goes to the Court of Session this year.