I just got an email from Wal-Mart Watch about WM’s spying and surveillance operations. This is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable! Read the email below:
Be careful where you post your vacation photos. They might end up in Wal-Martâ€™s hands.
Last year I took a vacation from my job at Wal-Mart Watch, and when I got home, I privately posted my photos online for family members to see. Later, a Wal-Mart technician collected my personal vacation photos in an effort to identify me during a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas.
Spooky, huh? Thereâ€™s a lot more to this story. Click here to take our quiz and learn more about Wal-Martâ€™s spy operation:
A recent series of stories in the Wall Street Journal uncovered a covert security division within Wal-Martâ€™s corporate headquarters called â€œThreat Research.â€Â This team, which works out of a secret â€œdimly lit area,â€ conducts surveillance on Wal-Mart employees, consultants, reporters and critics. People like you and me.
This isnâ€™t the plot of a spy movie — this is real life. And while many large companies have internal security operations designed to root out fraud and theft, security experts agree that Wal-Martâ€™s â€œThreat Researchâ€ goes well beyond the scope of typical security. One expert even called it â€œOrwellian.â€
Why is Wal-Mart, which faces grave reputational problems, hiring former CIA and FBI agents to deal with these issues? Weâ€™re offering legitimate, substantive feedback on how to make Wal-Mart a better corporate citizen, and they respond by spying on us?
To learn all the details, click here and take our quiz:
The fact is, former CIA and FBI agents are not going to fix Wal-Martâ€™s public relations problems. Neither will the millions of dollars that Wal-Mart spends each month on fancy PR consultants.
If Wal-Mart wants to protect its image, it should spend its money on higher wages and affordable health care for its employees — not on elaborate acts of espionage. Thatâ€™s what Wal-Mart Watch is fighting for, and what Wal-Mart is going through such great lengths to prevent.
Find out more about Wal-Martâ€™s misguided priorities:
I donâ€™t know what my vacation photos have to do with Wal-Mart’s security, but the fact that they snatched them shows just how far they’ll go to silence their critics.