If you work for Apple, there’s a good chance you could wind up in jail…or worse.
Recently, Apple warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges, according to the Mercury News.
The brutal announcement sent shock waves through the company.
The report maintains that Apple “caught 29 leakers,” last year and noted that 12 of those were arrested. “These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere,” Apple added.
Apple outlined situations in which information was leaked 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 also cited a yet-to-be-released software package that revealed details about the unreleased iPhone X and new Apple Watch.
Leaked information about a new product can negatively impact sales of current models, give rivals more time to begin on a competitive response, and lead to fewer sales when the new product launches, according to the memo.
The crackdown is part of broader and long-running attempts by Silicon Valley technology companies to track and limit what information their employees share publicly.
Apple has been notorious for “rigging the system” when it comes to customers. The company’s highest-purpose is to claw as much money from customers as possible. Employees who get in the way are expendable.