According to The Verge, Simon Lancaster has been working with an unnamed journalist since 2018, to whom he passed information about the company’s new developments.
Apple filed a lawsuit in a California state court against its former employee Simon Lancaster for providing a familiar journalist with data that represents a trade secret. The Verge portal reported this.
According to him, Lancaster, who worked at Apple on product design and the introduction of new materials, since 2018, working with an unnamed journalist, who passed information about the new developments of the company. In exchange, he asked a media employee to write certain articles that would help promote his startup.
“We take this person’s deliberate theft of our trade secrets, violation of our code of ethics, and our policies for personal gain very seriously. We will do everything in our power to protect our innovations,” Apple said in a statement.
Lancaster, who has worked at Apple since 2008, gave notice of his departure in the fall of 2019. Still, even after applying for dismissal, he went to a meeting on a new secret project of the company to be able to give the journalist additional data. Almost until the last day of his work, Lancaster downloaded documents on the developed gadgets and other information, passing them to the journalist in correspondence and several meetings.