Apple has asked some of its employees to wear police-grade body cameras to prevent information leaks, Front Page Tech reported on Monday, June 28th, citing unnamed sources.
A Bold Move Against Leaks
Apple’s iPhone and Mac are some of the most leaked products. Naturally, the company doesn’t tolerate such disclosures of sensitive information. Even Apple’s iconic founder, Steve Jobs, said once that he would “rather quit” than ignore the issue. More recently, current CEO Tim Cook has warned employees that the company will punish anyone who reveals its secrets.
The tech giant is reportedly looking to address the problem by introducing body cameras that resemble Axon Body 2 — the device seen on law enforcement personnel. According to anonymous sources, there’s no clarity on which teams have been asked to wear it, but the rule doesn’t apply to the entire staff.
This tactic makes a lot of sense when trying to protect confidential corporate information from competitors. Still, it’s the first time we hear about a company taking such drastic steps.
An ongoing problem
Running a background check on potential employees has never been easier. There are numerous sites where you can screen job candidates and find out more about them. Still, many companies find it difficult to deal with staff members who reveal secrets to the public.
This is just one of the problems they are facing. From performance issues to employee theft, there is just so much that can go wrong. Unfortunately, even employee monitoring software cannot offer the protection they need.
Perhaps this new security measure Apple is introducing can help the company’s secrets stay out of the hands of leakers. At the same time, arming employees with police-grade body cams can go wrong in many ways.
Apple’s history of data leaks
One thing’s for sure — the company has to find a way to deal with the leak culture that has become associated with it.
A lot of information about the iPhone 13 family has already surfaced on the internet. Not only that but Apple already had to press charges against an employee who worked there for over a decade. Allegedly, he shared the tech giant’s trade secrets with a media contact in exchange for coverage of a startup he invested in.
It is rather ironic that the details of Apple’s attempt to deal with this issue have been shared already. Whether the company’s security measures really are that poor or it’s a trap for workers who reveal information remains to be seen.