Apple's policies on leaking information leaked

Apple is known as one of the most secretive companies in the world as it tries to keep future product announcements close to the vest until the day when a new product is revealed. It goes without saying that rumors and leaks about future Apple products and activities are not something the company condones.

That's why it's ironic that Apple's polices for employees to follow in regards to leaking information, among other things, has in fact been leaked out to the Internet. 9to5Mac.com reports that it has received the full policy document which includes how Apple employees should handle writing on social networks such as Facebook, how they should conduct themselves on personal web sites and so on.

Much of the policy regulations are common sense items when a company is dealing with protecting its information from becoming public. The documents state, "You may not disclose Apple confidential information to an outside party unless a written agreement or license has been previously signed and approved by the division vice president."

While Apple employees are given an @apple.com email address, that address is used strictly for business. Employees can use an @me.com address for personal use.

Obviously there's no speculating at all online on any rumors about the company or its products. If you work at Apple you can still create your own personal blog or web site but discussing anything about Apple in any way on those sites is out of the question.

Employees can also use social networks like Facebook but are encouraged to use their best judgment before they post anything. The policies state that Apple team members should, " ... be thoughtful about how you present yourself in online social networks. The lines between public and private, and personal and professional are blurred in online social networks.”

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Wow, I'm honestly surprised by these comments...
Everyone is pointing out this is pretty much standard for any company and that it's hardly news...
Not a single comment bashing Apple for outrageous policies? I'm shocked

Leonick said,
Wow, I'm honestly surprised by these comments...
Everyone is pointing out this is pretty much standard for any company and that it's hardly news...
Not a single comment bashing Apple for outrageous policies? I'm shocked

It is normal corporate behavior. It's not really a surprise.

Jebadiah said,

It is normal corporate behavior. It's not really a surprise.

That's what the surprise is though. How is it that a company that is known for being secretive got that reputation while having a normal policy? Every other company with this same policy hasn't be able to achieve the silence about its products.

My workplace tried to tell me what I can and cannot post on facebook once. I pointed out that I had this account long before this job, and will have it long after. I noted that I will NEVER reveal where I work or comment on my work on facebook, and they cannot tell me what I can/cannot do outside of the workplace, as long as it doesn't negatively affect my work.

Same way they tried to tell me I had to keep my phone on 24/7 as I was always "on call if anything goes wrong". Nope - my phone, not a company phone. I shall turn if off as I choose. I later got a voicemail from my boss ranting and swearing about "What's the f**king point of me paying for your f**king phone if you don't take my f**king calls. I'm less than impressed". Well he got a big FU when I told him it was MY phone, MY bill, MY voicemail and if he ever leaves me a message like that again, I will have him for harassment.

nik louch said,
My workplace tried to tell me what I can and cannot post on facebook once. I pointed out that I had this account long before this job, and will have it long after. I noted that I will NEVER reveal where I work or comment on my work on facebook, and they cannot tell me what I can/cannot do outside of the workplace, as long as it doesn't negatively affect my work.

Same way they tried to tell me I had to keep my phone on 24/7 as I was always "on call if anything goes wrong". Nope - my phone, not a company phone. I shall turn if off as I choose. I later got a voicemail from my boss ranting and swearing about "What's the f**king point of me paying for your f**king phone if you don't take my f**king calls. I'm less than impressed". Well he got a big FU when I told him it was MY phone, MY bill, MY voicemail and if he ever leaves me a message like that again, I will have him for harassment.

I agree on the harassment part (if its even true) but if you don't want your employer to call you on that phone you shouldnt have given them that number. I could care less if my employer calls me. They need help, i'd be glad to come in on my day off and help. More money plus over time. Can't beat that. (plus I work nights so its not like I'm gonna miss anything)

nik louch said,
My workplace tried to tell me what I can and cannot post on facebook once. I pointed out that I had this account long before this job, and will have it long after. I noted that I will NEVER reveal where I work or comment on my work on facebook, and they cannot tell me what I can/cannot do outside of the workplace, as long as it doesn't negatively affect my work.

Same way they tried to tell me I had to keep my phone on 24/7 as I was always "on call if anything goes wrong". Nope - my phone, not a company phone. I shall turn if off as I choose. I later got a voicemail from my boss ranting and swearing about "What's the f**king point of me paying for your f**king phone if you don't take my f**king calls. I'm less than impressed". Well he got a big FU when I told him it was MY phone, MY bill, MY voicemail and if he ever leaves me a message like that again, I will have him for harassment.


I would have fired you directly on the spot

htcz said,

I would have fired you directly on the spot

same here. Guess kids today think they can mouth off to their boss ands get away with it

Well, do you think the boss will let him go if he wasn't useful? These days, bosses do not own their employee anymore, u know?

CMG_90 said,
same here. Guess kids today think they can mouth off to their boss ands get away with it

There's a balance here: bosses don't get free reign to rant at their employees, either.

nothing special. Same goes for any compney. my employer has a social media guidelines that pretty much says the same thing .

MidnightDevil said,
I want a me.com email address

You get one free with iCloud, but I think maybe you need a Mac or iOS device (I can't remember).

Shadrack said,

You get one free with iCloud, but I think maybe you need a Mac or iOS device (I can't remember).


Yea an iOS device or a Mac, they also have to be running iOS5 or Lion.

I would hardly call their policy document shocking given that it is pretty much the same situation for almost every company I've worked for . Regarding "but discussing anything about Apple in any way on those sites is out of the question" would be more along the lines that you might end up posting something that discloses more information than you have intended or worse if people know you're an Apple employee they might assume that informally speaking on behalf of Apple thus cause problems later on (for example, someone mentioned something says they're from Apple then it spreads like wild fire that Apple is going to do xyz even though there is no hard evidence to back it up other than a single employee speaking their mind).

Agreed, it's the norm for any company. If you slate a company, whether it be online or shouting in the street, and you work for them, don't expect to be coming back to work again.

n_K said,
Agreed, it's the norm for any company. If you slate a company, whether it be online or shouting in the street, and you work for them, don't expect to be coming back to work again.

Agreed - for me I never speak about work online; heck, I'm not even a person employed by a large corporation that is super secret but more the fact that I don't want to be hassled at work :-/