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Protests against Apple’s labor practices in China continue; Apple factory gets hacked

Written on February 12, 2012 by R. Cruise

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Accusing Apple of inhumane labor practices in its Chinese factories, protesters led by delivered petitions containing 250,000 signatures to Apple stores in six cities around the world. Meanwhile, Hacktivist group Swagg Security stole and leaked highly sensitive information from Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturer, also in protest of the company's labor practices.

Your products may be cool, , but your labor practices definitely are not.

That’s the message that fair-labor advocates are sending to the world’s biggest tech company in the latest round of protests against its labor practices. Protesters led by delivered a petition containing 250,000 signatures to Apple stores in Bangalore, London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, and Washington DC.

The protesters were complaining about the supposedly inhumane working conditions inside Foxconn’s Chinese factories. Issues about workplace safety, overworked laborers, and employee abuse have repeatedly dogged Apple’s main manufacturer.

“We hope this sparks a revolution of sorts with consumers who now realize that they can go to and start a petition for social change and actually create a change they want to see in the world,” senior organizer William Winters said.

Meanwhile, Hacktivist group took the protests a step further as it broke into Foxconn’s systems. Highly sensitive information from every Foxconn employee was stolen and leaked online, including those of Foxconn head Terry Gou.

In a statement that came with the leaked information, Foxconn declared: “So Foxconn thinks they got ‘em some swagger because they work with the Big Boys from Intel, , IBM, and Apple? Fool, You don’t know what swagger is.’

Apple, for its part, refuted the protesters’ claims. “We insist that our suppliers provide safe working conditions, treat workers with dignity and respect, and use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes wherever Apple products are made.”

Last year, Apple conducted more than 200 audits in their supply chain and made the results public in their website.

Apple is the world’s biggest tech company in terms of revenue and profit, with sales of over a hundred billion dollars in 2011 alone.

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