Nosy Employees Fired by Verizon

November 24, 2008

Washington (ChattahBox) — Verizon Wireless Inc. fired the employees involved in snooping through President-elect Obama’s telephone records. President and CEO for Verizon Wireless admitted that some nosey employees had indeed given into the temptation of peeking at the President-elect’s cellular records. Verizon admitted that it had verified the breach of privacy and has taken proper legal actions.

The company also stated that the records accessed were simply about the telephone calls received and calls made from a simple voice phone. Not data regarding emails or text messages was intercepted. It also stated that the company had launched an internal investigation into whether the records “of our costumer had in any way been compromised outside our company, and this investigation continues.”

News broke last week that some curious Verizon employees had checked account information for a long closed account of Barack Obama. Verizon had immediately suspended several employees pending an investigation. It had also issued a quick statement stating that it respected customer privacy.

Obama had earlier supported legislation giving immunity to telecom companies from such incidences where employees fall prey to their temptations. However, in the wake of new incidences with the President-elect himself, issues like telecom spying, IRS employees checking Celebrity tax returns, etc. are highlighted once again. It also highlights issues related to records of such a big public profile figure falling prey to nosy probing which may eventually spread around beyond the company confines or before the company can take necessary steps to keep a check on such records.


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