How ‘Apple Gestapo’ hunts down and plugs leaks

Black Friday Apple Blowout - Part III“They call themselves the Worldwide Loyalty Team. Among some employees, they are known as the Apple Gestapo, a group of moles always spying in headquarters and stores, reporting directly to Jobs and Oppenheimer,” Jesus Diaz reports for Gizmodo. “Here’s how they hunt people down.”

“‘You may want to know about their Worldwide Loyalty Team,’ Tom told me recently in an email. I read what he had to say,” Diaz reports. “It felt like a description of the Gestapo, without the torture and killing part.”

Diaz reports, “Of course, if Tom had never sent any sensitive information to media outlets, he would have never had the fear of being caught, only to get fired and sued into oblivion by Apple Legal. But the lack of any privacy whatsoever is something that he shared with all his fellow employees.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Diaz shovels quite the load of horse manure in his full article; even going so far as to seemingly blame Apple for a Foxconn worker’s suicide. The fact is: Apple’s secrecy is a valuable commodity and employees who threaten to, or actually do, cost the company money for no good reason whatsoever should be fired. That said, any Apple who wants to anonymously send us a photo, specs list, etc. regarding the oft-rumored tablet or any other top secret product, please feel free to do so at your convenience. wink

29 Comments

  1. I actually believe this to be at least somewhat true. How else does apple keep their secrets so well. Every company has people who leak things, I’m pretty sure apple must be doing something like this to keep everyone quiet.

  2. I actually believe this to be at least somewhat true. How else does apple keep their secrets so well.

    The story is bullshit. Speaking as a former Apple employee, I can tell you that the reason we took confidentiality very seriously is because most of us were shareholders, and we understood what it’s worth to the company. Apple got the freaking cover of Time magazine when the G4 iMac came out, because it was news.

    If you could buy the cover of Time as an ad placement (you can’t), it would easily be worth tens of millions of dollars.

    -jcr

  3. You people are killing me with all the the Nazi-themed jokes!

    What’s next, a Macintosh salute? The Mac hoards marching East, crushing all before them with their Birkenstocks.

    I was going to launch into a sarcastic politically correct “Nazis are people, too” thing, but figured the humorless literalists around here wouldn’t get it.

    iPhone Macht Frei

    has a better cadence.

    Sieg Mac! Sieg Mac! Sieg Mac!

  4. @iphone

    aside John C’s posts, which I always read I tend to ignore non-registered commentors ’cause life’s too short to stop and try to make sense of what they’re saying. It’s usually spooge anyway.

    R2 is a good case in point; some days his delivery is timely and topical but mostly it’s tourettes, shouts of random bs.

  5. “any Apple who wants to anonymously send us a photo, specs list, etc. regarding the oft-rumored tablet or any other top secret product, please feel free to do so at your convenience.”

    Is there an an app for that?

  6. As a recently retired Apple engineer (17 years) I can tell you that the entire idea is bullshit. No engineer at Apple would tolerate that kind of environment. Apple employees for the most part understand the need for secrecy and take their non-disclosure agreements seriously. All the “secret” project groups rare locked down so that unless you are assigned to one of those projects you can’t wander the campus.

    Perhaps retail is different, but it wouldn’t happen in R&D;. The engineers would quit.

    The Diaz and all then other anti-Apple people who want to believe this should got to work for WAFM.

    By the way I also worked for Microsoft for a brief time. It was like working for the government with all the rules, regulations and limitations. No wonder it takes them so long to get anything done and of inferior quality.

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