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Threat to the privacy and safety of thousands of Shell employees

POSTINGS TODAY ON SHELL BLOG…

It is Shell that has acted in a cavalier way with other people’s personal data, otherwise the Shell Address Book could not have been circulated to hostile parties, including Nigerian activists.

Posting by “Anonymous”
on Feb 7th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

John, given your oft-expressed criticism of Shell’s supposed lack of concern for safety and disregard for its legal responsibilities, can you explain why you chose to trumpet the theft of Shell’s employee database on your website and even made facetious offers to pass it on to others? You must surely know that this information is a) stolen property and b) a potential threat to the privacy and safety of the thousands of people whose personal information it contains. If Shell had behaved in such a cavalier way with other people’s personal data, you would no doubt have jumped all over them. So why the double standard? And since the database is stolen property, will you be returning it to Shell and will you provide information to the authorities to assist them in investigating the theft? After all, you can’t expect Shell to respect the rule of law if you aren’t prepared to do so yourself.

Posting by “Reply to Anonymous”
on Feb 7th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

John appears to have acted responsibly in alerting Shell and their employees to the availability of this sensitive data outside Shell. What more would you ask?

Posting by John Donovan
on Feb 7th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

REPLY TO ANONYMOUS: Even Richard Wiseman, not known as our greatest fan, has acknowledged that we have acted responsibly on this matter. Related correspondence is still in progress. As will become apparent, Shell is trying to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted. The situation is already dangerously out of control. It is Shell that has acted in a cavalier way with other people’s personal data, otherwise the Shell Address Book could not have been circulated to hostile parties, including Nigerian activists. So the situation is much more serious than you were aware. This news should ring alarm bells with Shell employees in Nigeria. More will be revealed when the current round of email correspondence has concluded.

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