Apple has sent a cease and desist let­ter attempt­ing to pre­vent the pub­li­ca­tion of a book writ­ten by a for­mer App Store man­ag­er because the com­pa­ny believes the book shares con­fi­den­tial com­pa­ny secrets, accord­ing to a report from Ger­man pub­li­ca­tion Focus.

The Ger­man-lan­guage book, titled App Store Con­fi­den­tial, was writ­ten by Tom Sad­ows­ki, who led the App Store for Ger­many, Aus­tria, and Switzer­land from 2014 until Decem­ber 2019, accord­ing to his LinkedIn page. The book cov­ers Sadowski’s work at Apple, includ­ing meet­ings with CEO Tim Cook, accord­ing to AppleIn­sid­er.

Apple sent a let­ter to Sad­ows­ki and his pub­lish­er, Mur­mann Ver­lag, ask­ing them to stop deliv­er­ing the book to stores, recall all copies in cir­cu­la­tion, and destroy man­u­scripts of the book, reports Focus. The book is still for sale on Ama­zon.

Apple shared this state­ment with The Verge:

Apple has long pro­mot­ed a free press and sup­port­ed authors of all types. While we regret the way this long­stand­ing Apple employ­ee vio­lat­ed our work­ing rela­tion­ship, his actions left us with no oth­er option but to ter­mi­nate his employ­ment — a deci­sion agreed upon by the works coun­cil. All work­ers should have the rea­son­able expec­ta­tion that employ­ment poli­cies will be equal­ly and fair­ly applied and all com­pa­nies should have the rea­son­able expec­ta­tion that their busi­ness prac­tices will be kept con­fi­den­tial.

Apple’s state­ment sug­gests Sad­ows­ki was fired because he intend­ed to pub­lish the book against his employer’s wish­es or per­haps because he did so with­out going through prop­er chan­nels at the com­pa­ny.

In an inter­view with Der Spiegel, Sad­ows­ki said he shared the man­u­script with Apple in advance of its pub­li­ca­tion. He also said he feels his book will ben­e­fit Apple more than it will harm it, and he told Der Spiegel he’s sur­prised at the company’s response to its pub­li­ca­tion.

The Verge couldn’t find a way to reach Sad­ows­ki for com­ment.

Illus­tra­tion by Alex Cas­tro / The Verge

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