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Updated: Shell ethics boss wants evidence of data theft to be destroyed

By John Donovan

The Police have advised me that the database is not of any interest since they are not currently investigating any criminal offenses.

In the light of this information, we have notified Richard Wiseman Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer that we are willing to delete/destroy the copy of the Shell Global Address Book sent to us.

It is not a leaked email or document, but a huge proprietary database storing commercial and personal information. And it belongs to Shell.

It is being destroyed/deleted on a voluntary basis.

As already indicated, copies of the Shell Global Address Book were supplied (not by us) to third parties, so the  potential security risk to Shell personnel from the open circulation of the database remains. Shell is responsible for failing to safeguard the information entrusted to the company. It is Shell’s negligence which has jeopardized the personal safety of over 100,000 employees and put them at risk of becoming victims of cyber-crime.

11 February Update: I have confirmed to Richard Wiseman that the database supplied to us has been deleted. Is this the end of the matter. No, more is to come. Stay tuned. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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