Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017

Apple: 12 People Were Arrested for Leaks in 2017

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

That didn't happen before Apple dispatched a gold iPhone X to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), however.

According to Bloomberg, the lengthy memo disclosed that a year ago in 2017, 29 leakers were caught out of which 12 were arrested. 12 of those were arrested.

Apple has really gone harsh on its employees who were part of leaks past year, "These people not only lose their jobs, they can face extreme difficulty finding employment elsewhere".

These leaks come from direct employees, contractors, and suppliers and include information about future products and software features. Apple is not alone though as Google, Facebook, and the rest of Silicon Valley all deal with information leaks. During the meeting, Federighi noted that some software features for the iPhone would be delayed, and someone leaked that information to the media.

Based on historical data and also from their sources who are former Apple employees, the note from the analysts to investors reads, "once Apple establishes a price band it typically keeps it, consistent with what we've heard from former Apple employees". In a separate incident, an employee who leaked the final version of an unreleased version of iOS, its mobile operating system, was found within days and fired. "It-leaked_id95181" class="local_link" >Apple held an internal seminar called "Stopping Leakers - Keeping Confidential at Apple". Others were "feeding confidential details about new products including iPhone X, iPad Pro and AirPods" to 9to5Mac.

Apple has issued an internal memo to employees asking them to stop leaking information to the press.

Warren Braunig, a partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters who specializes in trade secret law, thinks it's unlikely the arrests were related to employees giving information to reporters. It specifies that the employees who lose their jobs for leaking unannounced information face "extremely difficulty" finding employment elsewhere. Leaks have become more common under CEO Tim Cook, but this memo claims numerous supply chain leaks have been stopped.

They said Apple could make an announcement about iTunes music downloads being stopped in early 2019 or by March 31 next year.

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