Diebold Going After Whistle Blower Who Revealed Their Use Of Uncertified Voting
from the that-doesn't-make-you-look-good dept
As you may be aware, the company Diebold doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to the trustworthiness and reliability of their e-voting machines. What’s odd, is that rather than making efforts to improve the machines or be more open about what’s in them, the company continues to attack its critics. One of the big stories concerning Diebold that broke in early 2004 was that the company knowingly used uncertified machines in certain elections. Of course, rather than apologizing and admitting they screwed up and putting in place a lot of procedures and public oversight to make sure this never happened again… the company sued the person who blew the whistle on them. Slashdot points out that the individual has now been arraigned on felony charges, to which he pleaded not guilty. What’s interesting here, from a legal standpoint, is that he’s not really protected by whistle-blowing laws, since the guy worked for a law firm working with Diebold and not for Diebold itself — so Diebold certainly has some right to be upset that someone at its law firm leaked the info. However, from a PR standpoint, it looks really bad, as it (once again) makes Diebold look like covering up what they did wrong is a lot more important than fixing the many problems they have.