Tim Cook states Employees Who Leak Information ‘Do No Belong’ at Apple

Apple is known for keeping its unreleased products under cover in order to build excitement before a launch. However, information about the company's internal affairs has frequently leaked to the press. Recently, Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly stated that employees who leak confidential memos do not belong in the company. This information, ironically, surfaced on the internet as a result of yet another leaked email!

During an internal employee meeting earlier this month, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the Cupertino giant would require frequent testing for unvaccinated employees. In addition, Cook is said to be looking forward to moving forward with the Apple vs Epic lawsuit in the coming days.

While the above information was supposed to stay within the company, it was leaked to The Verge not long after the meeting, which was unfortunate for Apple. So, citing the Apple data leak, Tim Cook is said to have sent an email to employees saying that "people who leak confidential information do not belong here [in Apple].” Tim Cook's email to the employees, on the other hand, was also leaked, which is ironic.

Cook wrote in the email that the company is “doing everything in [our] power” to find the leakers. He also stated that the leakers are a "small group of people" and that those who leak internal information do not belong in the company. The full transcript of Tim Cook's email can be found right here!

Read the full transcription of Cook’s email:

Dear Team,

It was great to connect with you at the global employee meeting on Friday. There was much to celebrate, from our remarkable new product line-up to our values driven work around climate change, racial equity, and privacy. It was a good opportunity to reflect on our many accomplishments and to have a discussion about what’s been on your mind.

I’m writing today because I’ve heard from so many of you were were incredibly frustrated to see the contents of the meeting leak to reporters. This comes after a product launch in which most of the details of our announcements were also leaked to the press.

I want you to know that I share your frustration. These opportunities to connect as a team are really important. But they only work if we can trust that the content will stay within Apple. I want to reassure you that we are doing everything in our power to identify those who leaked. As you know, we do not tolerate disclosures of confidential information, whether it’s product IP or the details of a confidential meeting. We know that the leakers constitute a small number of people. We also know that people who leak confidential information do not belong here.

As we look forward, I want to thank you for all you’ve done to make our products a reality and all you will do to get them into customers’ hands. Yesterday we released iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8, and Friday marks the moment when we share some of our incredible new products with the world. There’s nothing better than that. We’ll continue to measure our contributions in the lives we change, the connections we foster, and the work we do to leave the world a better place.

Thank you,


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