November 21, 2008
Verizon employees had unauthorized access to Obama's phone
According to MobileTopSoft, several US Verizon employees were put on immediate leave after the discovery that they had unauthorized access to a personal cellphone account of President-elect Barack Obama.
Verizon Wireless President and Chief Executive Lowell McAdam apologized to Obama in a statement.
"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," said McAdam.
According to the WSJ, 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.
According to Money am, Verizon's staff did not listen to Obama voicemails.
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