NoBroker has filed an FIR against rival MyGate, alleging that the latter has stolen proprietary customer database of NoBrokerHood, a tech-enabled visitor and community management system for housing societies.
This comes weeks after MyGate issued a legal notice to NoBroker and its management on June 12, making similar allegations. ET has reviewed copies of both FIRs.
NoBroker’s complaint, which was filed in Bangalore’s Bellandur police station on Monday against MyGate founders Vijay Arisetty, Abhishek Kumar, Shreyans Daga, and 11 employees, claimed that the company’s staff have been actively and persistently chasing management committee members of societies from the NoBrokerHood database. “We have concrete proof and call recordings of how they have stolen our data and we had to file a police complaint against them… Companies should work within a legal framework and better their software instead of blatantly stealing competitors’ data,” Saurabh Garg, co-founder and chief business officer of NoBroker, said in a statement.
Interestingly, Tiger Global Management is a common investor in both startups.
Meanwhile, MyGate has also accused NoBroker of attempting to bribe its employees with an intent to illegally obtain confidential information, making unsolicited calls to customers by using the stolen data and spreading false/baseless rumours. “We have now provided all the evidence (including voice/audio recordings/text messages etc.), of the above incidents to the police authorities along with a complaint, basis which an FIR was registered on June 19, 2020 by the Cyber Crime Police Station, C.I.D, Bengaluru,” said Abhishek Kumar, co-founder, MyGate.