Verizon Uses HP Spying Flap As PR Bait
from the heard-this-one-before dept
Verizon Wireless has filed suit against 20 people it claims fraudulently tricked it into giving away calling records in the HP spying case so they don’t “do it again”, a company spokesman says. But Verizon’s suit doesn’t actually name anybody in particular, just “John and Jane Doe I through XX”. Yet again, Verizon’s trying to cover up its own failure to protect its’ customers’ data by suing so it looks tough — and to draw attention away from the fact that it never should have released this information to begin with. Verizon Wireless and other mobile operators have continually obfuscated this issue, just filing lawsuits after they’ve leaked info they shouldn’t have, then blaming the government for somehow not having adequate legislation. Here’s an idea for Verizon and its pals to chew on: instead of filing pointless lawsuits after the fact — never mind filing them against unknown targets — why not just stop leaking the information? Hopefully that’s what they’re being asked today on Capitol Hill. Somehow that seems unlikely, though, as instead of looking at regulations to force the phone companies to improve their lax security, some lawmakers are trying to push through laws that would punish the pretexters. That’s the equivalent of the phone companies’ lawsuits: it looks like lawmakers are doing something (right before election season), when they’re not doing anything meaningful at all. Update: Cingular’s joined in, too — but at least they’ve managed to figure out who to sue.