The Verge Says: Apple cares about the privacy of users, but not its own employees

The Verge Says: Apple cares about the privacy of users, but not its own employees

American tech giant Apple is known for its staunch stance on protecting user privacy, but it seems that the company itself with the right to privacy is not so smooth.


According to some employees of the corporation, Apple not only does not make efforts to protect personal data but also actively violates privacy for security reasons. According to The Verge's sources, there have been situations where employees were asked to install builds of software on their phones to test new features and those builds revealed private messages, or when testing new products such as Face ID, images were captured every time the phone was opened. ...


In addition, Apple employees are not allowed to use a work email address to sign in to iCloud, so many are forced to use personal accounts. Although the company provides corporate phones for work, both corporate and personal phones are impractical, for example, for engineers who must participate in the so-called “live-on” program, which releases daily builds with patched vulnerabilities.


“It’s impossible to sustain a successful live-on program without people using these devices in the same way as their personal phones,” said one of The Verge's interviewees.


The publication writes that the problem lies in the employment agreement, which gives Apple the right to conduct extensive surveillance of employees, including "physical, video or electronic surveillance", as well as the ability to "search workplaces, including filing cabinets, desks and offices ( even if locked), check phone records, or search non-Apple property (such as backpacks or bags) on company property. ”


Moreover, employees are advised that they should not "expect privacy when using their own or someone else's personal devices for Apple business when using corporate systems or networks or on Apple premises."


While many of the company's employees are prepared to invade privacy, for some, the mixing of work and personal data has already had real repercussions. For example, in one of the cases related to a lawsuit against the company, lawyers asked one of the employees who worked on the project to provide documents from a work computer and a work phone, which was also used for personal purposes, since the presence of two separate phones - work and personal - was not encouraged. At the same time, the woman was forbidden to delete private messages (including frivolous ones) from the device, although they had nothing to do with the lawsuit.


It would seem that a company obsessed with secrecy should be sympathetic to the desire of its employees to maintain confidentiality, but in reality Apple is doing the opposite, tightly controlling and collecting extensive information about its employees, The Verge notes.

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