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Leaked Apple memo urges employees to stop leaking company info

Leaked Apple memo urges employees to stop leaking company info Leaked Apple memo urges employees to stop leaking company info
Sherri Watson | 14 April, 2018, 15:43

"In some cases, [leakers] face jail time and massive fines", Apple said, adding that in 2017, it caught 29 leakers, 12 of whom were arrested. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports on a memo recently sent to all Apple employees stating that 29 Apple people were caught leaking secrets about planned products a year ago, and 12 of them were arrested.

The company actually had twelve of them arrested, which sounds pretty serious if you ask me.

According to Bloomberg, in the memo, Apple has also described the circumstances in which information was dripped to the media, including a meeting earlier this year where Apple's software engineering head Craig Federighi told employees that some planned iPhone software features would be delayed.

Apple would really, really like its employees to keep their mouths shut. "One person betrayed their trust", the company reportedly wrote on its internal blog.

In 2017, Apple held a confidential meeting with employees in another bid to stop leaks.

Apple more recently has had problems with leaked iOS source code, as well as leaked details about the iPhone 8 and X, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, HomePod, and more. Apple has sent a caution to the employees on the consequences of the privacy breach in the memo.

"Leakers do not simply lose their jobs at Apple", the memo states. Separately, designer Benjamin Geskin had said Apple has already started the production of "blush gold" colour variant of the iPhone X. Apple iPhone X is now sold in white and space grey colour shades. However, considering this internal memo has also made it to the media, it appears Apple employees aren't really anxious. Tech companies like Apple have the means to discover who is passing along confidential information. Even the casual discussion between the two parties can shape in a threat to the company's growth.

The company told employees that leaking product details or anything before launch date will impact the sales of the current models.

A few days ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed out that Apple would stand to gain a lot from monetizing user data, but that they don't do so because they value their users' privacy.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.