Travelocity Files FIR against Cleartrip for Data Theft

Travelocity India has accused Cleartrip of partnering with Desiya officials to get hold of Travelocity’s proprietary information and has filed a FIR in Gurgaon.

Travelguru acquired Desiya in 2007 and was later acquired by Travelocity in September of 2009. In the FIR, Travelocity has even named Desiya employees (MD Amit Taneja, Regional Manager (North) Sanjeet Singh and travel consultant Imran Ansari) for passing on the data to Cleartrip (source).

The FIR has charged Desiya employees for sharing the data related to hotel business model, projections and proprietary information to Cleartrip CEO, Stuart Crighton,which Cleartrip has termed baseless and misconceived.

Interesting development – expect more of such cases to come out in public – I know of an OTA that used to copy data from a travel startup website, but refused to partner with them for the same data! In another case, a startup threatened a biggie with a law suit (they showed enough proof that the biggie was copying data) and bagged a deal from them!

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