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Apple sues former employee over leaking trade secrets to reporter
12th March 2021
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Apple sued one of its former employees on Thursday claiming they stole and leaked company secrets to a reporter.
Simon Lancaster had "abused his position and trust within the company to systematically disseminate Apple’s sensitive trade secret information" to secure personal benefits, according to court documents.
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The suit alleges that Lancaster, who had worked for Apple for over a decade, "used his seniority" to get into meetings and access documents to gain company secrets about "unreleased Apple hardware products, unannounced feature changes to existing hardware products, and future product announcements."
Lancaster then shared these trade secrets to an outside media correspondent who would publish his findings citing a “source” at Apple, according to court documents.