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WORLDS BIGGEST LEAK OF STAFF DATA AFFECTED OVER 176,000 SHELL EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS

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Contact 
details 
for 
over 176,000 
employees
 and
 contractors
 of
 Royal
 Dutch 
Shell
 reached John Donovan and some environmental
 and
 human
 rights
 groups,
 ostensibly
 from
 disaffected
 Shell staff
 calling 
for
 a “peaceful
 corporate
 revolution”
 at 
the
 company.

The 
database,
 from
 Shell’s
 internal
 directory, contained
 names
 and
 telephone
 numbers
 for
 all
 the company’s
 work force
 worldwide,
 including 
some
 home
 numbers. It 
was
 supplied
 with
 a
 170­ page
 covering
 note,
 explaining
 that
 it
 was 
being
 circulated 
by 
“116 concerned
 employees 
of 
Shell 
dispersed
 throughout 
the 
USA, 
the 
UK,
 and
 the
 Netherlands”,
 to highlight
 the
 harm 
done 
by 
the
 company’s 
operations 
in 
Nigeria.

John Donovan brought the leak to the attention of Shell. Tests proved that the data was authentic and he destroyed the database after being informed by Mr Richard Wiseman, the then Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, that the confidential information, if publicly disclosed, could put Shell employees and contractors in real danger. The event generated world-wide news coverage.

GLOBAL NEWS COVERAGE: IN FEBRUARY 2010

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