Treason Within Apple: How Much Is Enough To Sell Company Secrets?

Treason Within Apple: How Much Is Enough To Sell Company Secrets?

There are few who would take on technology powerhouse Apple, but it appears that Paul Shin Devine is one of them. The Apple manager has been accused of taking bribes to the tune of $1 million from an Asian company to leak confidential information. Devine, who has been arrested, faces both a civil suit from his employer and a federal indictment.

Personal Emails Are Professional When Using A Company Computer

Devine’s betrayal was suspected after Apple found suspicious emails sent from personal email accounts on his company computer, and PC World commends Apple’s discovery while chastising them for having such forgiving security measures in place. But the entire situation has undertones of Big Brother: personal email accounts, covert betrayal, and million-dollar bribes from overseas? It sounds like the newest blockbuster, pitting the all-powerful corporation against one middle manager.

Disloyalty Is Admired By No One

If Devine has been leaking corporate information (as we must remember that currently it’s an accusation rather than a fact), few have much sympathy for him. Company disloyalty is universally reviled, and the general reaction to an arrest of this nature tends to be more along the lines of “Can’t believe he used his company laptop—jerk,” than “Poor dear.” Devine took quite the chance in opposing the creator of everyone’s favorite dancing iPod silhouette, and it certainly wasn’t worth it.

Is There A ‘Good Guy’ Here?

Although we’re luckily (sadly?) lacking in payment offers to inspire workplace treachery, the Apple case provides some food for thought. As an appetizer: How much access does an employer get to personal emails? As an entrée: Does that change when a personal account includes company information? And for dessert: What does it say about a company when an employee would rather chance an indictment for a rather paltry amount of cash than hop aboard her high horse and reject the offer?

Tell us in the comments: Is the company always right?

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