Google protects users’ information fiercely, preventing its own employees from gaining access to them without due cause and significant oversight. However, when it comes to its technology, it is rightfully much more relaxed. That probably allows Google engineers to develop said technology in a less restricted, comfortable and optimistic manner. Google probably trusts its engineers and does not artificially bind their hands. Although restrictions are not imposed, logging and monitoring are apparently in place — even though Mr. Levandowski managed to steal, his footprints remained.
I hope the court of law will severely and grievously and maybe even excessively punish those who schemed to plunder so as to help uphold and maintain the constructive culture and atmosphere of development and advancement as the way of operating a technology company, rather than locking down access and creating a sense of distrust even amongst colleagues.