"We found that six weeks before his resignation this former employee, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board. To gain access to Waymo’s design server, Mr. Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop. Once inside, he downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo’s highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation. Then he connected an external drive to the laptop. Mr. Levandowski then wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints."
How is this not plain old fashioned corporate espionage with a side order of CFAA violations?
Based on past behavior the DOJ should be threatening Levandowski with hundreds of charges and 200+ years in prison.
Oh wait, the damage was to Google and not a copyright maxamialist.
If that is his argument I'm inclined to agree with him but I think it should 100% go to the victims restitution programs. After all, it is from crime so let's use it to help out the victims of crime. And by 100% I mean exactly that. Do not allow agencies to pull out a single penny in administrative or other costs.
Such a proposal would be much easier to get the public behind than true reform.
Once in place it effectively removes the major incentive the criminals have for making people forfeit their assets.
Another consideration is just how dangerous is a seizure for Eichenwald?
I imagine that people are affected differently.
The only epileptic I know has over the years maintained they (seizures themselves) are no big deal, he says they are a nusicance more than anything, and should he ever have one to just make sure there is nothing for him to fall on/over/into and then clear a space around him.
Fortunately, I have also never had to do that, so admittedly my exposure is limited.