Eric Lieberman, DCNF
Internal leaking seems to be such a problem for Apple that the corporation “caught 29 leakers” and arrested 12 of those violators in 2017, according to a leaked memo obtained by Bloomberg.
“These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere,” Apple wrote in a message to employees, warning them to stop divulging company secrets.
Details about soon-to-be-released software, the iPhone X, and the Apple Watch were some of the proprietary information exposed to the public too soon.
“We want the chance to tell our customers why the product is great, and not have that done poorly by someone else,” Greg Joswiak, an Apple product executive, said in the memo, according to Bloomberg’s report published Friday.
Leaking isn’t just an apparent problem for Apple. Uber was hit with a number of accusations of workers’ inappropriate behavior, like unwanted sexual advances. But it also suffered from an onslaught of negative press due to employees leaking information, perhaps stemming from a dissatisfaction of the company leadership’s conduct or alleged inability to deal with problems like harassment.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg very recently said she was upset from what seems to be leakers within the company she helps lead, reports Bloomberg. And Google terminated the employment of someone who shared internal posts that weren’t supposed to be seen by most people.
James Damore, an ex-Google engineer who shared a 10-page memo criticizing company policies, says he can’t get a job after being fired (much like Apple’s aforementioned threat) because Google is essentially “the don” or “godfather” of Silicon Valley.
But the irony of Apple scolding employees for leaking in a memo leaked to Bloomberg is stark, and shows that the California-based tech giant is struggling to keep their massive staff in check.
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