UK information watchdog set to investigate Apple spying claims


FILE PHOTO: Apple logo is seen on the Apple store at The Marche Saint Germain in Paris

The UK information watchdog is launching an investigation into claims that Apple gained access to the personal information of employees via their mobile phones.

Following a whistleblower report, the UK Data Protection Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and its Brussels counterpart has plans to investigate the Silicon Valley giant.

The complaint comes from former senior Apple engineer Ashley Gjøvik, who said the iPhone maker used unlawful data collection processes over “years and multiple countries” to gather invasive information on its workers.

According to reports from the Telegraph, Gjøvik raised concerns that Apple was “pressuring its employees to participate in invasive data collection procedures, including scans of ears/ear canals”.

In the filing Ms Gjøvik said: “I respectfully request that you investigate the matters I raised and open a larger investigation into these topics within Apple’s corporate offices globally.”

She had been sacked from Apple last year for breaking company rules about leaking information.

An Apple spokesman told the paper: “We are and have always been deeply committed to creating and maintaining a positive and inclusive workplace. We take all concerns seriously and we thoroughly investigate whenever a concern is raised and, out of respect for the privacy of any individuals involved, we do not discuss specific employee matters.”

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