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Verizon Fires Obama-breach Employees, Considers Case Closed

According to CNN, a Verizon source confirmed Friday that Verizon Wireless had fired employees connected to the breach of records connected an old cell phone used by Obama earlier this year. CNN reports that the former employees positions were part of the team that takes care of customers and had no access to Obama’s text messages or voicemails.

CEO and President, Lowell McAdam, released a statement on Thursday confirming that employees had accessed an old account belonging to Barack Obama. McAdam detailed that it was not a BlackBerry or smartphone capable of receiving email but a “simple voice flip-phone” and said that the employees in question had been suspended with pay. Mr. McAdam did not say whether or not guilty persons would sacked but did say those with legitimate reasons to access Obama’s records would be reinstated.

The initial reports spelled trouble for Verizon with regards to privacy. Naturally, customers figured if several employees could access Obama’s records, seemingly without permission, there was nothing to stop employees from viewing the records of others.

While CNN’s source says Verizon “considers the matter closed,” we’d still like to see some kind of statement from the company about what happened. The fact that Verizon is keeping quiet and considers the problem taken care of might send the wrong message to customers. If the company was to release a statement saying the appropriate action had been taken against employees found to have accessed Obama’s records without authorization, Verizon users would understand that the company doesn’t tolerate any sort breach in customer privacy. We’ve contacted Verizon to ask whether or not the company will be releasing a statement and will update when they get back to us.

UPDATE: Verizon responded to our questions as to whether or not the company plans to release a statement detailing the action taken against specific employee and if the company really considers the case closed. Verizon Wireless declined to comment on any of the above. Go figure.

Verizon Employees Access Obama’s Account Records

Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • hellwig
    There may be legal reasons why Verizon can't just tell everyone the employees were fired (I know i wouldn't want my employer to release that to the media were I ever to be fired), but at the same time, if I were a Verizon customer, I would like to know Verizon has the guts to take the right action when something like this happens. Unfortunately large corporations rarely fire white-collar employees for fear of legal reprisal in the form of a lawsuit.
  • nekatreven
    yea but these days you could just hide in plain sight: lay them off instead of firing them. Then they can scream all they want and still won't even be a blip on the radar.
  • Obama is just another scumbag with superscumbag status in another six months the press will turns on him, get over it, you have put Obama so high, the only way is but down, he was stupid, he said I can do this, this and this, with no money and the country in no mood for obama taking money out of your pcoket, he is sunk like a iron ship, how long do you think the ship will take to go down,
  • Is there anyone that believes your information and call records are safe with Verizon anyway? They were first in line to hand over all they could to the government even before the laws were changed.
  • The grammar in the artical is vomit-worthy. It was hard to get the over-manipulated sentences' point. Why do some women try so hard? Any my privacy with Verizon when I had them, I was never sure I had any.
  • I just realized I wasn't using Google Chrome. I have a spelling error!

    My bad :)