An unusual amount of leaks have been coming from Apple’s Chinese supply chain in the lead up to the company’s announcement of the iPhone 6. Apple, of course, has always preferred to be as secretive as possible when it comes to their new products, and the company hasn’t been known to intentionally leak information like some companies do. And so, as we covered earlier this week, it is hiring security officers and asking the Chinese government to help in the search for leakers, according to reports from Sonny Dickson.
First, Dickson says Apple has reached out to Chinese authorities to see if they can identify and find the people responsible for the leaks, since many of them are coming from the company’s Chinese supply chain.
Second, Dickson reports that Apple has also enlisted “about 200 security officers” who will help both Apple and the Chinese government find people who have been leaking information and pictures of iPhone 6 accessories.
Just this past week we have seen cases for the iPhone 6 leaked and even the phone’s back cover, both of which reveal information about Apple’s upcoming phone.
Though it makes sense for any tech company to try and limit leaks, asking for help from the Chinese government could be viewed as a little bit extreme. There are not many news stories about China arresting or dealing with technology bloggers in a harsh way, but the country’s force has been shown in other instances. During the past six months, dozens of news stories have come out showing how China arrests citizens who are simply writing about current events, so Apple giving that same country a reason to target another group of people just seems like it could end up badly.
It’s important to remember that supply chain leaks mean they are coming from factories like those owned by Foxconn. Working conditions are horrible in those factories and have lead to threats of suicide from workers, so having a crackdown on anyone leaking information could easily result in workers ending up in situation in which they do not deserve to be.