Technology companies are often rigid with leaks of confidential information. As reported to Bloomberg, Apple had 12 employees arrested for leaking project information to the press.
In a memorandum distributed to employees who accidentally leaked, the company warned its employees not to disclose internal information about future plans, in addition to highlighting possible legal actions and criminal charges.
The company claims that, last year, 29 employees were caught charged with data leaks and 12 were arrested. “These people not only lost their jobs, they may face extreme difficulty finding jobs elsewhere,” Apple added.
“The official who leaked the meeting to a reporter told Apple investigators that he did so because he did not think it would be discovered. But people who are leaking – whether employees, contractors or Apple vendors – are caught up faster than ever, “the memo says.
Apple says the impact of a leak is felt throughout the company, not just in the department that had the plans disclosed. When this information leaks, competitors have the opportunity to anticipate Apple and start creating a timely response. In addition, when a new iPhone starts to leak, for example, sales of the previous model tend to decline, because people already know that the old handset starts will get cheaper within a short time.
In fact, Apple has had difficulty maintaining secrecy over its releases in recent years. All new iPhones are already known for several days, sometimes even weeks and months before their official introduction. In 2016, for example, everyone already knew that Apple would wipe out the iPhone 7 headset, and it was already public knowledge that the iPhone X would have the notch at the top of the screen well before the show in 2017.