Verizon steps in it.
“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,” Lowell McAdam, Verizon Wireless president and CEO, said in a statement.
“All employees who have accessed the account — whether authorized or not — have been put on immediate leave, with pay.”
The Obama transition team was notified Wednesday by Verizon of the breach, said team spokesman Robert Gibbs. He said the president-elect no longer uses the phone.
Whether or not he still uses the phone is immaterial to be honest. This shows a breakdown in the privacy for the Verizon customer base. I’m cringing as I read the spin doctors at work. The degree to which Obama’s information was compromised isn’t the point. The fact that it was violated at all is.
I’m pleased to see that the employees in question were put on leave until this matter gets sorted out.