|Nowadays, Jonesy's map would have been on an iPad.|
"What's the map?"
"Skipper, I know it's against the rules an' all, but I keep this as a personal record of the tracks the bad guys use. It doesn't leave the boat, sir, honest. I may be a little off, but all this translated to a course of about two-two-zero and a speed of ten knots. And *that* aims him right at the entrance of Route One. Okay?"When I left the Blue Pill Factory, I took a box of my notes and printed documents, mostly related to my postdoctoral project (which was always designed to be published.) If my VP had paged through the box of papers that I walked out the door with, I wonder if he would have been upset. Honestly, I don't think so. I'm a fairly scruplous rule follower when it comes to that sort of thing.
Of course, modern technology being what it is, it doesn't take a box of papers anymore. A few thumb drives will hold all the notebook pages, customer reports and other valuable material that former employers would throw an absolute rug-biting fit over other people even having the possibility of seeing. It surprises me when I hear about cases where people have electronic documents and experimental details from former employers. I'd think it would open their new employers to a lot of lawsuit vulnerability.
How can employers stop it? I don't think they can. One supposes that it is only the threat of future legal action that stops employees from electronically cleaning out their computers and sticking all the data in their pockets. That, and the knowledge that anything ever done on a computer, given enough time and resources, can be tracked.