By Tim Wilson
Dec 01, 2008
An IT manager of a Canadian direct marketing firm has been accused of
absconding with a copy of the company's customer database.
According to a report in last week's Vancouver Sun, an affidavit filed
with the British Columbia Supreme Court accuses Nick Belmonte, vice
president of IT at C-W Group, of stealing a computer backup tape
containing names and information about 3.2 million customers --
potentially worth more than $10 million. The tape also contained credit
card and bank account information of more than 800,000 customers.
"The customer library could also potentially be marketed as a discrete
asset with a value in the tens of millions of dollars," the affidavit
In her affidavit, C-W chief executive Gloria Evans recalled she became
extremely concerned that Belmonte had recently ordered another employee
to bring three backup tapes to his office, where he made copies. Only
two tapes were found on Belmonte's desk. "The tape containing the
customer library data was missing," the statement says.
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