Verizon employees illegally accessed and viewed Barack Obama’s personal cellphone account.
They were put on leave with pay.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
Verizon Wireless disclosed late Thursday that several of its employees accessed and viewed President-elect Barack Obama’s personal cellphone account, and said it planned to discipline workers for the privacy breach.
“We apologize to President-Elect Obama and will work to keep the trust our customers place in us every day,” the company’s chief executive, Lowell McAdam, said in a statement.
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Verizon said it discovered the unauthorized account access this week and said it related to an account that has been inactive “for several months.” The device on the account was a standard feature phone, rather than a smartphone with advanced email and data capabilities.
The company said it has put all employees with access to the account on leave, with pay, as it sorts out which of those workers accessed the account without a justifiable business purpose. Those who did not have a good reason to view the account will be punished, the company said.
In other breached record news… Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Department of Job and Family Services, will be placed on unpaid leave for one month for illegally for OK’ing improper computer checks for confidential information on “Joe the Plumber and using state e-mails to fundraise for Barack Obama.
That’s all. One month unpaid leave for the holidays.