Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick




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.

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    typical, 1 Oct 2006 @ 5:22pm

    wuss

    It always makes a company look FAR .. as in infinitely far worse to sue an indivisual in matters like this than to stand up to their faults.. There are no words in any laguage that can express just how obscene it causes the reputation of companies to become when they do something at pathetic as this.. Its as if they are saying.. Yea??? We screwed up F.Y. all.. now do something about if you think you can. We're lowly corporate minded people but you better not say we are or we'll sue you!!" Yea.. keep that WOO, I'm gonna tell my mommy on you!! kind of attitude. It suits you well.

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