Fearing further spills of iPhone specs, Apple sent a rather subtle memo to its employees in the last week. In the text, the company warns that the behavior of leaking information about the product can lead to layoffs and even arrests. Ironically, the statement leaked to Bloomberg.
“People who leaked – whether they’re Apple employees, outsourcers, or vendors – get caught, and they’re being discovered faster,” the text read. “In some cases, they face arrest and large fines,” he continued, exemplifying that in 2017, 29 people who leaked information were discovered and 12 were arrested.
As if the “threat” of arrest was not enough, the company recalled the difficulty of returning to the labor market after a situation like this. “These people not only lose their jobs but may face extreme difficulty finding jobs elsewhere.”
Apple is among the companies known to have a hard policy against leaks and has even said that this behavior harms its operations from the root. In 2012, CEO Tim Cook said he would double efforts to keep secrets from the company – but the press and the internet have continued to receive information in advance since then.