Kicked and dragged for taking photos of a Foxconn plant from a public road in China
Reuters’ report Wednesday about the lengths to which Apple AAPL and its suppliers will go to guard Steve Jobs’ secrets has everything: metal detectors, fingerprint scanners, product head-fakes, lawsuits, multimillion-dollar fines, a suicide, and employees afraid to breathe a word about what they do, even to their wives.
But the highpoint of the piece is a confrontation that took place outside one of the Chinese factories of Hon Hai Precision Instruments (trade name: Foxconn), the crown jewel of Apple’s far eastern supply chain. It starts with a tip:
As the article points out, “it is unlikely that Apple tells security guards across the Pacific how to go about their business.” But the scene in Guanlan speaks for itself.
Neither Hon Hai nor Apple would comment to Reuters on its report, which adds several fresh details to a story that has been told many times before. You can read full piece here.
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