Former Apple employee arrested, charged with theft of trade secrets

A former Apple employee was arrested at the airport last week as he allegedly sought to board a flight to China with secret plans for the company’s self-driving cars.

The former employee, Xiaolang Zhang, has been charged with theft of trade secrets, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in San Jose this week.

An Apple spokesman said in a statement to Bloomberg that the company “takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously.”