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A Google Employee Has Sued Google for Being ‘Too Secretive.’

Everyone knows that tech companies like Google, Apple, Samsung, to name a few value their privacy especially when it comes to internal dealings. However, based on the latest development, it seems Google’s privacy practice might be a tad overboard. A new report has it that the search-giant has been sued by its own employee — who has filed anonymously as John Doe — for being too secretive.

 

The report claims that Google warns employees not to communicate their concerns (even with Google’s attorneys) about potential illegal activity within the company in text format. They also have a law that prohibits employees from writing a novel about their experience in the Silicon Valley, until Google approves the draft. These policies are said to be intended to control Google’s former and current employees, limit competition, infringe on constitutional rights and block the reporting of misconduct

Google’s spokesperson told Mashable: “We will defend this suit vigorously because it’s baseless. We’re very committed to an open internal culture, which means we frequently share with employees details of product launches and confidential business information. Transparency is a huge part of our culture. Our employee confidentiality requirements are designed to protect proprietary business information, while not preventing employees from disclosing information about terms and conditions of employment, or workplace concerns.”
If found guilty, it could make Google look like the North Korea of the tech world. Also, they might pay out as much as $3.8 billion in total, with 75% of the penalty collected by the state and the rest distributed to Google’s 65,000 employees.

 

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    8 comments on “A Google Employee Has Sued Google for Being ‘Too Secretive.’

    1. Pozaa says:

      It’s actually baseless

    2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

      …WELL,THIS WILL BE A CASE OF A DOG BITING ITSELF. WHEN AN EMPLOYEE SUES THE EMPLOYER, THEN IT SHOULD BE KNOWN THAT SOMETHING GREAT IS WRONG.
      FOR ME, I WILL LIKE TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE COURT SESSION…

    3. Rotimi popoola says:

      This is craziness why would u sue a company u work for

    4. KingAbsolute says:

      I guess this employee is taking the ‘sacrificial lamb’ position here, taking the fall for others to thrive.

      But let’s not conclude yet, the court session might go in his favour.

    5. Kaybang says:

      I hope the guy wins. Some of these companies sound like weird places to work.

      1. The hell he will win. This case wouldn’t even come close to the Court. it will be closed before anything escalate

        1. Kaybang says:

          I just really hope he wins. Won’t you like it if he won $3.8bn? ?

    6. pWilliams says:

      A video of the court room will surely help

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