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Ex-Apple Employee Arrested At San Jose Airport Allegedly Had Trade Secrets

CBS San Francisco
Ex-Apple Employee Arrested At San Jose Airport Allegedly Had Trade Secrets

SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A former Apple employee was charged Monday with stealing trade secrets after being arrested at Mineta San Jose International Airport two days earlier. Xiaolang Zhang was a hardware engineer on Apple’s autonomous vehicle development team from December 2015 until May 5, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in San Jose. Due to his role on the team, prosecutors said Zhang had access to confidential databases, trade secrets and intellectual property. Authorities said Zhang went to China while taking paternity leave from April 1 to April 28, then returned to the company on April 30 to tell his employer he would be resigning to take care of his mother in China.