Google employee files lawsuit against the company for its strict confidentiality policies
In a recent report, The Information said that a lawsuit has been filed against Google by a company employee, alleging that the company's internal confidentiality policies violate California labor laws.
The lawsuit has been filed by a Google product manager in the California Superior Court in San Francisco under California's Private Attorneys General Act. The employee has been identified in the lawsuit only as 'John Doe.'
According to the lawsuit, an internal "spying program" is apparently being run by Google for encouraging the company's employees to snitch on one another if they think someone has leaked information to the press.
In addition, as per the lawsuit, Google's internal confidentiality policies also warns the company's employees against writing about potentially illegal activities within the company, even to Google's own attorneys.
Moreover, one of the notes in Google's internal confidentiality policies also forbids the company's employees from writing "a novel about someone working at a tech company in Silicon Valley" without approval.
Going by an explanation put forth by John Doe, one of the evident reasons for Google's strict internal confidentiality policy is that the company is apprehensive of possible leak of information to the press, and could even fire anyone guilty of such a leak.
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