Apple memo about leaks gets leaked
Bloomberg has published details about a company memo sent to Apple workers detailing the importance of not leaking sensitive information. The tech firm is constantly in the news in regard to leaks, some more damaging than others. The memo, which is written in the style of a news story, makes it clear that leakers will be tracked down and severely punished:
Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple. In some cases, they face jail time and massive fines for network intrusion and theft of trade secrets both classified as federal crimes. In 2017, Apple caught 29 leakers. 12 of those were arrested.
It makes perfectly good business sense for executives at Apple to want to cut down on the amount of leaks the company suffers from. Revealing sensitive information can give unfair advantages to the competition. However, many leaks are simply snippets of information about upcoming products that can act as free promotion, and they certainly don’t seem to financially harm one of the world’s most valuable companies.
Unfortunately, the stern warning has not immediately addressed the problem. Not only has the memo itself been leaked today, but there are also images of an unreleased gold-colored iPhone X doing the rounds (although this seems to be a leak by the FCC).