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Apple to crack down on leaks with surveillance cameras, background checks and biometric data collection

Apple will be unable to stop patent offices revealing designs that it has developed. (Image source: USPTO - edited)
Apple will be unable to stop patent offices revealing designs that it has developed. (Image source: USPTO - edited)
Apple has established new security regulations with supply chain partners, supposedly to stop the emergence of leaks of unreleased devices. The changes, which will mainly affect factory workers, include collecting biometric data and conducting background checks.

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According to a new report by The Information, Apple has established a new set of guidelines that are targeted to minimise leaks about future devices. Apple insists that the new measures will secure its employees' rights, but not factory workers who work in Apple's supply chain. Perversely, the changes do not affect Apple's employees when they visit a factory.

While factories can no longer collect Apple employees' biometric data, Apple will require even greater surveillance of factory employees. Apparently, Apple will require companies in its supply chain to film vehicles from all sides when they parked on factory premises. Moreover, Apple will require its manufacturing partners to conduct background checks on all employees working on Apple products, barring those with criminal records from entering areas unreleased products are being developed or produced.

Additionally, it insists that recordings during which a prototype is destroyed must be retained for at least 180 days. Similarly, a new computer system will sound an alarm if components remain at a station longer than expected or if transport takes an unusually long time. Furthermore, security guards will be required to keep records of employees who are moving commercially sensitive components.

Ultimately, it is unclear if supply chain employees are to blame for Apple hardware leaks. However, it seems hypocritical not for Apple not to hold its employees and supply chain partners to the same standards. You can read the full report on The Information.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-03-24 (Update: 2021-03-24)