DATE: November 2008 Obama's Phone Records, Passport Documents Breached
Verizon Wireless has confirmed that unauthorized employees have accessed President-elect Barack Obama’s personal cell phone
records. They have apologized for the occurrence and put those employees on paid leave while an investigation into the
circumstances of their access continues.
This raises the question of whether any of our information is safe. "We apologize to President-elect Obama and will work to keep the
trust our customers place in us every day," Chief Executive Lowell McAdam said in a statement.
At a time when concern over identity theft continues to rise, it is more important than ever to monitor employee access to both the
personal information of other employees as well as customers.
It is also important to utilize background investigations, including credit reports, to screen employees who will have access to personal
identifiers and information.
In March of this year, it was revealed that Obama’s passport documents were accessed by unauthorized contractors. According to
“Private contract employees working for the U.S. Department of State have repeatedly accessed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's
passport records over the past three months — a breach flagged by the State Department's in-house computer system but
subsequently downplayed by the supervisors of the offices in which the breaches occurred. Two of those workers have been
fired by their employers. The Obama campaign is seeking answers as to how it happened, and a broader investigation is now in
The actions of the three separate workers, employees of two different contractors, were described Thursday night by State
Department spokesman Sean McCormack as "imprudent curiosity." But he said that is only an "initial finding" and said the
department's inspector general has been asked to investigate. Details about the breach emerged in a late-night, hastily called
press conference by State Department officials.” (http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/03/21/Obama-passport-records-
CI offers pre-employment background screening packages that can give you greater confidence that your own company assets and
information, as well as your customers data, are safe.
Contact a CI representative today to discuss your background investigations policy.