ADOTAS – Now is not the time for the tech industry to piss off the incoming president. Unfortunately, a gaggle of bored underlings at Verizon may have done just that. Verizon announced yesterday that employees had gained access to President-elect Barack Obama’s personal cell phone account.
While they were unable to hack into his voicemail messages or e-mail (the account was no longer active and it was a basic flip phone, not a BlackBerry) the timing couldn’t be worse for an industry that’s facing all kinds of regulatory and privacy issues.
Verizon issued this lame statement in response to the incident:
“This week we learned that a number of Verizon Wireless employees have, without authorization, accessed and viewed President-Elect Barack Obama’s personal cell phone account. The account has been inactive for several months.”
“All employees who have accessed the account – whether authorized or not – have been put on immediate leave, with pay. As the circumstances of each individual employee’s access to the account are determined, the company will take appropriate actions. Employees with legitimate business needs for access will be returned to their positions, while employees who have accessed the account improperly and without legitimate business justification will face appropriate disciplinary action.”