Tesla’s safety workforce despatched a warning to workers this week to cease leaking firm info.
The e-mail, which was shared with CNBC and verified with a number of present workers who requested anonymity, warned that outsiders who “will do something to see us fail” are “concentrating on” workers for info by way of social networks and different strategies.
It reminded workers that they signed confidentiality agreements, and warned them, “Tesla will take motion in opposition to those that improperly leak proprietary enterprise info or violate the non-disclosure obligations to which all of us agreed. This contains termination of employment, claims for damages, and even prison costs.”
The e-mail was partly directed at leaks to the media, noting, “In January an worker was recognized for sharing confidential enterprise info on Twitter, together with manufacturing numbers, with journalists.”
It additionally mentioned someone was lately fired for posting the telephone quantity to an inside assembly on social media.
Tesla and CEO Elon Musk have a love-hate relationship with the media, in addition to social networks together with Twitter, which Musk makes use of obsessively, and Fb, which he disdains.
Previously two weeks alone, reporters have damaged unfavorable information about Tesla, together with:
These tales can overshadow a few of the firm’s current accomplishments together with:
So it is not stunning that Tesla’s safety workforce selected this week to ship round a warning to workers telling them, in so many phrases, that unfastened lips sink ships.
Subj. Please Learn – Confidentiality Reminder
Should you learn the information, you realize that there’s an intense quantity of public curiosity in something associated to Tesla. Because of our success, we’ll proceed to see an curiosity from individuals who will do something to see us fail. This contains people who find themselves actively looking for proprietary info for their very own achieve, concentrating on Tesla workers by way of private networks or on social networks like LinkedIn, Fb or Twitter. These solicitations aren’t solely doubtlessly damaging to our firm, they will also be unlawful, placing you and your colleagues/mates in danger for termination and even the potential for prison costs.
As an worker and a shareholder, every of us has a duty to safeguard all info and expertise we use and generate on daily basis.
When anybody joins Tesla, they agree they “will maintain in strictest confidence and won’t disclose, use, lecture upon or publish” any of Tesla’s confidential and proprietary info. Tesla will take motion in opposition to those that improperly leak proprietary enterprise info or violate the non-disclosure obligations to which all of us agreed. This contains termination of employment, claims for damages, and even prison costs. If you want one other copy of your Confidentiality Settlement, please ship an e-mail to your HR companion or e-mail [HR email address redacted].
Should you obtain a solicitation for info by way of social media don’t reply and please ahead it on to [Security email address redacted].
The safety workforce will decide whether or not any further motion is important.
We acknowledge that not everybody who leaks info could also be doing so deliberately or with an intent to hurt the corporate. To that time, we ask that you simply assume what you’re engaged on is delicate, and don’t share particulars of your work with mates, household, or individuals exterior the group.
Contact [Security email address redacted] if you happen to suppose you or your workforce might profit from coaching or a extra full understanding of the right way to defend our mental property and confidential enterprise info.
Should you’re not sure about what constitutes unacceptable conduct, unlawful disclosures or theft of mental property, listed here are some current examples as an example inappropriate conduct and the potential penalties:
* This month, an worker posted the dial-in info of an inside assembly on social media. This worker was recognized and terminated the next day.
* A felony cost was filed final month in opposition to a former worker who exfiltrated confidential enterprise info from the Tesla area to his private account and threatened to reveal confidential firm info.
* A former worker uploaded Tesla mental property to a private iCloud account and left the corporate for a competitor. Tesla filed a lawsuit and is suing him for stealing commerce secrets and techniques.
* Tesla filed a lawsuit in opposition to former workers and a competitor for stealing proprietary info and commerce secrets and techniques to assist the competitor leapfrog previous years of labor wanted to develop and run its personal warehousing, logistics, and stock management operations.
* In January an worker was recognized for sharing confidential enterprise info on Twitter, together with manufacturing numbers, with journalists. The worker was terminated for violating their NDA and Tesla’s Communications coverage.
It is each worker’s duty to honor and maintain our tradition of progress and sharing, whereas nonetheless abiding by firm coverage. To do in any other case can be a disservice to your colleagues, our mission, and the onerous work you do on daily basis. Thanks for doing all your half to advance Tesla’s mission by elevating consciousness and defending your worthwhile work.