Tesla's security group sent a warning to employees this week to stop leaking business information.
The email, which was shared with CNBC and verified with several current employees requesting anonymity, warned the outsiders who "will do anything to see we fail" are "targeting" employees for social networking information and others methods.
It pointed out employees that they signed confidentiality agreements, and warned them: "Tesla will take action against those who accidentally leak proprietary business information or violate non-disclosure obligations that we all agree on. This includes termination of employment, compensation claims, and even criminal charges. "
The email was partially targeted to media leakage, noting:" In January, an employee was identified for sharing confidential business information on Twitter, including production numbers, with journalists. "
That said also that someone was recently fired to post the phone's numb
Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have a love affair with the media, as well as social networks, including Twitter, which Musk obsessively uses, and Facebook, which he does not find.
In the last two weeks alone, journalists have destroyed unfavorable news about Tesla, including:
These stories may overshadow some of the company's recent results, including:
So, it is not surprising that Tesla's security group chose this week to send a warning to employees who tell them in so many words that the loose lips sink ships.
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If you read the news, you know that there is a great deal of public interest in everything related to Tesla. As a result of our success, we will continue to see an interest from people who want to do something to see us, fail. This includes people who actively seek proprietary information for their own profits, targeting Tesla employees through personal networks or on social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. These requests are not only potentially harmful to our company, they can also be illegal, and put you and your colleagues / friends at risk of termination or even the possibility of criminal charges.
As an employee and a shareholder, each of us has a responsibility to protect all information and technology we use and generate every day.
When someone joins Tesla, they agree that they will "keep and not publish, use, prefer or publish" any of Tesla's confidential and proprietary information. Tesla will take action against those who accidentally leak proprietary business information or violate the non-disclosing obligations we all agreed. This includes termination of employment, compensation claims and even criminal charges. If you want another copy of the confidentiality agreement, please email your HR partner or email [HR email address redacted].
If you receive a request for information via social media, you will not respond and send it directly to [Security email address redacted]
The Security Team will decide whether further action is required.
We recognize that not everyone who leaks information can do it on purpose or with the intention of harming the company. To that end, we ask you to assume what you are working on, are sensitive, and do not share details of your work with friends, family or people outside your organization.
Contact [Security email address redacted] if you believe that you or your team can benefit from training or a more complete understanding of how to protect our intangible and confidential business information.
If you are unsure of what constitutes unacceptable behavior, illegal disclosure or theft of intellectual property rights, here are some recent examples to illustrate inappropriate behavior and the potential consequences:
* This month, an employee posted the caller information to an internal meeting about social media. This employee was identified and terminated the following day.
* A crime charge was filed last month against a former employee who filtered out confidential business information from the Tesla domain to his personal account and threatened to disclose confidential business information.
* A former employee uploaded Tesla intellectual property to a personal iCloud account and pulled the company for a competitor. Tesla sued him to steal trade secrets.
* Tesla initiated lawsuits against former employees and a competitor to steal proprietary information and trade secrets to help competitors skip the last years work needed to develop and run their own storage, logistics, and inventory management.
* In January, an employee was identified to share confidential business information on Twitter, including production numbers, with journalists. Employees were terminated to violate their NDA and Tesla communication policies.
It is every employee's responsibility to respect and maintain our culture of progress and sharing, while respecting the company's policies. Doing otherwise would be a bad service for your colleagues, our mission, and the hard work you do every day. Thank you for your role in promoting Tesla's mission by raising awareness and protecting your valuable work.