Wal-Mart Fires Snoop
Wal-Mart fired a systems technician this week for intercepting text messages and recording telephone conversations without authorization, the retail giant reported.
Wal-Mart’s internal investigation, which began in January after someone complained to the retailer about the recordings, found the technician had monitored and recorded telephone conversations between Wal-Mart public relations and a New York Times reporter. The technician made the recordings over a four-month period between September and January.
The incident at the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer has surfaced while another spying case is being played out in court. In September, Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn resigned from the company and is facing felony charges related to spying on reporters and company directors. A Santa Clara County Superior Court is reviewing the matter. A trial date has not been set.