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Sat next to a Deloitte senior consultant on the flight today. Does Deloitte have privacy screens or was this guy just not using them for his laptop and cell phone?

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We have privacy screens for phones and computers here at Google. I formerly worked for Deloitte - we didn’t have them for phones, but did for laptops. Shame on that guy (whomever it is) for not having one on his laptop! And to others, you should care - information seen by OP or anyone else can be used as competitive intelligence. If this Deloitte SC is recommending a divesture or closure of a plant, imagine the backlash if it ended up on the front page of WSJ or NY Times tomorrow - before those workers even knew about it.

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Pshh McKinsey can't compete with Deloitte.... ;)

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Privacy screens for laptops - Yes, but only provided on request. And every time you get a newer model (the HPs are all the rage right now), the privacy screens are hard to come by. But thankfully the newer models have it built in, so you should be able to turn it on. Hopefully, that will be a standard feature in all future laptop choices. Phones and tablets - nope. You gotta buy your own. I don’t bother for my phone. Never did.

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D29 Is it the new x360 G3? If so then it is terrible.

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Mom (Google1).... is that you? Chances that this SA was doing anything highly confidential while sitting next to someone that can act on this “competitive intelligence” is ~1%.. hilarious that this is even a thread. Negative 5 points

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No and no. The firm just yells at people for not using them while also not providing them

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That’s true. They can’t buy laptops with decent screens but expect us to work on flights and maintain privacy

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^ cool. My clients would love if I told them there is only a 1% chance I’m leaking sensitive information. I am with op on this one. Confidentiality is a big deal.

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Our firm phones came with a privacy screen pre-affixed.

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I’ve sat behind this McK guy close to every week (June - Sept) and he didn’t have a privacy screen. Deloitte people are supposed to but don’t always do, same with McK.

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@PL1 it said his name and title on the screen

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Apparently not using a privacy screen on a plane is one way to sabotage a McKinsey consultant’s productivity... In all seriousness though when I was junior my Principal borrowed and lost mine and then told me I shouldn’t use that distracting thing. This resulted in me flaunting the policy for the next 10 yrs. Privacy screens aren’t close to 100% effective. If you’re really doing something confidential, you probably shouldn’t be doing it in public anyways.

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Haha yes, thanks. My gf always says she gives me credit for aggressively using vocabulary even if I don’t know how to properly pronounce/spell it. She doesn’t really think that’s a compliment though...

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I’m ripping off my privacy screen and launching an all out disinformation campaign against my nosy seat mate

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I took notes on another consultants screen on Amtrak, because they decided to talk pitch decks loudly on the phone while working. Gave them my notes as I got off to make a point to use his screens.

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Love that its the McKinsey guys that are on a high horse about client confidentiality...

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I doubt they would be working on anything important on a plane. I also find it weird that OP stared hard enough to read name and title... With that being said it’s very easy to get a privacy screen. I don’t use them but I also don’t work on anything confidential if I am around people that shouldn’t see the information

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We do have privacy screens and ITS will give you a new one if you lose yours, they might be out of stock for a particular model but if so they will order one for you. It is policy to always use privacy screens in public places, and at least in my area (M&A), teams get pretty frequent reminders to make sure they are using them, along with other confidentiality practices. I have never seen anyone with a privacy screen on their phone.

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Pwc1 so defensive. Thanks everyone else.

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Thanks for the value add comment. I'm genuinely curious if Deloitte doesnt mandate privacy screens. Does PWC?

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They do, but nobody uses them. I personally threw mine out but I also never did work in public. But now everyone is getting tablet hybrids so they don’t use them anyway

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I once stole a competitor’s annual marketing plan for the same service line I was in. She edited the deck the whole flight. I sat next to her and wrote notes on a piece of paper typed it up and shared with management.

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Interestingly what you did would be an ethics violation at my last two firms. Surreptitiously obtaining and using confidential competitor info — even if they make it easy — is an ethics violation. I have overheard lots of conversations , particularly on Amtrak, where I have interrupted to say who I am and who I work for and they shouldn’t talk so freely.

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Guys it seems just like some of you just got out of school...give the guy a break...he’s probably had a long day, probably tired and u guys r being a jerk...of course our clients expect us to protect their information and we should but we r all humans and people make mistakes...stop being a jerk and mind your own business. I’m from deloitte as well and proud of my people and will fiercely fight to protect them. The people who are commenting on this guy it seems to me that they have never screws up in their lives - such loosers. U all should work with me and I can teach you a word or two about 101 on how to not be a jerk

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C2 I’ve never heard of it needing to be requested by M or above at Deloitte, and everyone from BTAs on up have them on all my teams. If that is the case for you though, it would seem the obvious answer is to ask a M+ to request one for you...

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I think it's awesome that some firms provide privacy screens for mobile phones. Huge miss at my firm.

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