Q: I deleted emails when I left my employer. Can they do anything to me or just pull them from the server
A: It is unclear what you deleted but what you did could potentially be very serious and costly if the employer sues you under the Missouri or federal law for computer tampering. Here's the Missouri statute:
537.525. Tampering with computer data, computer equipment, or computer users — damages — attorney fees, certain expenses, awarded when. — 1. In addition to any other civil remedy available, the owner or lessee of the computer system, computer network, computer program, computer service or data may bring a civil action against any person who violates sections 569.095 to 569.099 for compensatory damages, including any expenditures reasonably and necessarily incurred by the owner or lessee to verify that a computer system, computer network, computer program, computer service, or data was not altered, damaged, or deleted by the access.
2. In any action brought pursuant to this section, the court may award reasonable attorney's fees to a prevailing plaintiff.
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