Video software industry hits a new low with $15 million lawsuit
Written by David Smith, USA TODAY Software developer Brian Smith is suing Apple and two of its video partners, claiming he was fired after he told them about the company’s “unethical” behavior.
The lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in San Francisco, says Smith was fired last year after a colleague told him the company had “a history of intentionally destroying data that could be used for malicious purposes,” and that the company was in breach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Smith claims Apple is responsible for the damage caused by the company because the company failed to prevent a virus from infecting a user’s computer in late 2016, according to the lawsuit.
“Apple and its co-defendants are the victims of this lawsuit because they allowed a virus to infect their computers,” the suit states.
“These defendants willfully ignored this threat, willfully ignored warnings from employees, and willfully ignored the safety and security of its users.”
Apple, in a statement emailed to USA TODAY Tech, said it is reviewing the lawsuit and would have no further comment.
The suit also alleges that Smith was terminated for violating Apple’s Code of Conduct for Software Engineers.
The law prohibits people from “involving others in any way” with the development or production of software.
Apple, for its part, says it’s committed to improving the quality of its software.
“We do not tolerate misconduct, abuse or misuse of our systems or software,” the company said in a prepared statement.
“We have a robust, team-based culture that promotes ethical business practices, and we take those concerns seriously.
The company will continue to address this problem and we will address it quickly and effectively, so we can continue to deliver software users with the highest quality possible.”