Venetian Macau Ltd, a subsidiary of Sands China Ltd, was fined for a total of MOP40,000 (US$5,000) for breaching Macau’s privacy law, in a case linked to the company’s former chief executive Steve Jacobs, the Personal Data Protection Office said yesterday.
Sands China has decided not to appeal the decision and has already paid the fine.
The office concluded that Sands China transferred data stored in the computer used by its former chief executive to the United States, shortly after he was dismissed in 2010, without notifying or obtaining an authorisation from the local watchdog.
Sands China admitted the data transfer, according to the Personal Data Protection Office.
The company claimed it did so, on one hand, to prepare for a counter argument to a possible lawsuit to be initiated by Mr Jacobs against Sands China.
On the other hand, the data transfer was also made to prepare to sue Mr Jacobs over his suspected theft of confidential information and violation of professional secrecy, Sands China told the watchdog.
Mr Jacobs is currently suing Sands China’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands Corp, for wrongful termination. The case has been filed in a Nevada court, in the United States.. 4/16/2013