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Google exec’s for all employees an e-mail on the internal data seen as a warning to whistleblowers, organizers

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In the middle of a wave of worker organizing, with Google’s top legal executive sent an all-staff email to the employees who have access to certain “need to know” documents without permission could get them fired.

According to Google sources told BuzzFeed News, Kent Walker, the tech giant’s head of legal, sent a second e-mail later to clarify that the employees were not terminated when their actions involved data leakage, risks to the privacy of the user, or damage to, colleagues.

The Mountain View, Calif. company dominates online search, and hoovers the majority of the U.S. digital advertising revenue, has recently been plagued by a series of leaks and employee backlash over its work with the Pentagon, are now on the shelf are plans for launching a censored Chinese search engine, the handling of sexual harassment allegations, and have now solved the artificial intelligence ethics advisory board.

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The e-mail allegedly referred to some changes in Google’s policy for data protection that are updated in October. The policy itself has been in place since 2007, but the employees were not informed of the updates on the time. Employees who have participated in the recent activism of pressure within the tech – giant is known for promoting a very open culture – were disturbed by the timing, according to BuzzFeed News.

However, the employees told BuzzFeed that the “need to know” language in the security of the data of the policy, the documents that are considered “need to know” to Google’s interpretation.

The workers protest against Google for the processing of sexual misconduct, allegations of the company’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, on Nov. 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

The e-mail “can very easily be read as an attempt to scare anyone who might be a whistleblower or promoter,” an employee who, for anonymity told BuzzFeed News. “I think it’s clear that the organizing around the Maven and the walkout would have been much more difficult if this policy had been.”

The Sundar Pichai-led company seems to be clamping down on leaks in other ways.

According to the news outlet, Google’s weekly all-staff meetings no longer be recorded and made available to employees in the eternity, and the directors who do not reside on the questions of the employees at the meetings.

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Google earlier Fox News with the following statement in retaliation:

“We prohibit retaliation in the workplace and in the public parts of our very clear policy. To ensure that there is no complaint that goes unheard of at Google, we give employees several channels to report, including anonymously, and investigate all allegations of retaliation.”

Fox News reached Google for comment and update the story as needed.

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