Anyone who reveals Apple secrets must expect consequences. This message pervades an internal newsletter to all Apple employees. The iPhone manufacturer warns against revealing company secrets.
According to own data, Apple in the past year dismissed a total of 29 employees, because these company secrets have been leaked. Twelve former employees have even been arrested, reports Bloomberg, which has a corresponding internal Apple note. Apple wants to encourage its employees with a circular to not divulge company secrets.
The company justifies the crackdown as it is causing a significant damage. The products still being sold would be less successful if customers were already waiting for a new product. In addition, information leaked beforehand would lead to worse sales when they hit the market. Furthermore, the competition would learn in advance what Apple has in mind and could react to it faster.
Apple reacts strongly to secret betrayal
“These people not only lose their jobs, they will also find it extremely difficult to find a new job elsewhere,” writes the management. “Persons who reveal secrets are caught faster than ever before.”
In the newsletter, Apple recalls incidents from the past. Accordingly, a software developer was dismissed in March 2018 because he had passed on details for planning in the software area. In addition, Apple identified the employee who last year published the finished version of iOS 11 in advance.
In June 2017, it became known how Apple seeks to locate traitors in its own ranks. A security team, therefore, controls the employees at contract manufacturers, so that no parts are smuggled out of the works. The team also includes former members of intelligence agencies, law enforcement agencies, and the military. The security team should not only prevent the smuggling of components or other information but also seek out the source of such information.