The slow-motion Privacy Chernobyl at Deutsche Telekom goes on. Handelsblatt reports that investigators in the spying scandal there have discovered a document which proves that the company was spying on the members of its management board (Vorstand), as well as the members of the trade-union works council (Betriebsrat) and the supervisory board (Aufsichtsrat), and a whole gaggle of financial analysts and business and tech journalists.
Hilariously, it turns out that one of the targets of the illegal surveillance was none other than the current finance director; the company has been unconvincingly trying to deny that anyone in the current management was involved. Now it looks like they were involved both as participants and as targets. Surveillance cultures get like that. It was bad enough when they were just doing table joins across Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn records and every expense account in Germany, but what I find specifically offensive about this story is that one of the human sources the snoopers used was…a journalist.
It will come as no surprise that the stool-pigeon was from the Bild Zeitung; I can’t wait to hear what the BildBlog has to say.