Apple’s new guidelines prohibit manufacturing partners from collecting biometric data such as fingerprints or facial scans of Apple employees who visit their facilities. The new rules, however, do not apply to workers employed by manufacturers or partners’ employees.
The new rule, which is reportedly a part of Apple’s updated factory security guidelines, aims to preserve its employees’ privacy to prevent prototypes, designs other intellectual property from being stolen or shared with outsiders.
The guidelines also reportedly make other changes to help crackdown on product leaks that come from the supply chain. Apple will also require manufacturers to run criminal background checks on all workers. It is also mandating that the use of surveillance cameras be increased at these facilities.