Over the past few years my workplace has moved files from local storage to Dropbox. Personally, I keep a growing number of files on both; Photos on iCloud (originals on the Mac), files shared with others on Dropbox. What’s the problem? Holes.
Holes. Have. Legs.
There is a certain reality with online storage. It becomes very easy for workers and employees to copy or move files from their work computers to their own online cloud service; whether iCloud or Dropbox or one of the others. In some case it’s little more than drag and drop.
Check out Mark Matousek’s headline:
A former Tesla employee admitted to uploading Autopilot files to his iCloud account, but denied he’s using them at the Tesla competitor where he now works
I’m sure Tesla was not happy when it found out what had been done. Is the former employee in jail? Did someone call the F.B.I?
So little time, so few details.
Guangzhi Cao, a former Tesla employee who worked on the company’s Autopilot system, admitted in a July 8 court filing to uploading files related to Autopilot to a personal iCloud account before leaving to work at a competitor.
You know what’s really going on, right?
He said, she said. Or, in this case, he said, he said.
Tesla sued Cao in March, saying he could be using the files at the electric-vehicle startup Xpeng Motors, where he now works.
Sounds like an HR problem.
Xpeng Motors. Sounds like a Tesla competitor from China.
Remember, such events always end in “he said, he said” until someone goes to jail.
Cao denied that he is using the files to develop autonomous-driving technology at Xpeng Motors.
Well, of course.
But there had to be a reason why the files went from Tesla to iCloud?
Why, Cao? Why? What were you thinking?
Cao admitted in the filing that he did not tell Tesla about the Autopilot information he had copied before he left the company, but said the company never asked him about it.
John Wilkes Booth:
President Lincoln never told me I couldn’t shoot at him.
Adam to God:
The woman you put here with me–she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it
Blame has legs, too.
The blame clearly belongs on Tesla because the company obviously failed to outline the specific steps, in the proper order, that would have prevented such misappropriation of critical information.
Why is iCloud or Dropbox or whatever online cloud box also part of the problem?
Information handled by employees has legs and iCloud and Dropbox and others are easy access highways to move such information from here to there. Technology has made it just that easy to see intellectual property spread wings and fly.
The same thing occurs with what we do each while online. We browse, check email, use various apps, and all the information those activities create gets sucked up like a big vacuum cleaner in the sky, cleaning us out until we venture online again.
Then, that same information does get used. It gets used against us in advertising and promotional attempts to change our thoughts, perspectives, opinions, and attitudes over which soap to use, which service to buy, and which politician to elect.
It amazes me still how quickly information can be moved from one location to another and while that seems beneficial, it also presents a growing problem.