Apple Doesn't Assign 'Fake' Projects to Test Employees After All
In January of 2012, MMi reported that one of Apple's highest priorities is to hire trustworthy employees who will retain confidential information and company secrets. In Adam Lashinsky's new book at the time - "Inside Apple" - it was revealed that one way Apple monitors source leaks is by feeding false product information to new hires to see if any information subsequently turns up in the media or on the Internet. If any info leaks, it's pretty easy to trace the leak back to its source.
Well, according to a new report - one that probes Apple's policies and procedures in great detail - Apple doesn't waste valuable time assigning fake projects to new employees undergoing integrity assessments. In fact, Apple does assign projects that never see the light of day. But the reasons have nothing to do with perpetrating a fake project.
"I spoke to Apple employees from various areas of the company at differing levels, some who are still at Apple and others who have moved on, but all expressed the same sentiment," explains Jacqui Cheng, journalist, report author, and Ars Technica veteran. "No one reported any direct experience of being put on a fake project at Apple, and no one knew a friend or colleague at the company who had. A single former employee acknowledged having heard about fake projectsóbut only from a friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend, and the employee was quick to acknowledge that the rumor should be treated with a skeptical eye."
"I don't really see the need for that kind of stuff because everything is NDAed [governed by a nondisclosure agreement] out the ***," one current employee reportedly told Cheng. "You can be hired for a position where they don't tell you what you're working on beforehand, sure, but if they're choosing to hire you with your skill set, you might be able to hazard a guess on what it's about. It's a lot easier to have someone sign an NDA and then fire them if they violate it."
"Everything we work on, there's a new NDA for," an engineer for Apple was quoted as saying. "If we had any questions about whether someone would be able to maintain confidentiality, we just wouldn't hire them. And if they did leak, they'd just get fired."
To read the in-depth report in full, click here
Source: Ars Technica