Google fired a software engineer because he allegedly took advantage of his position as a member of an elite technical group at the company to access user accounts in violation of the company policy. Accounts accessed included those of four minors whom he had encountered through a technology group, according to reports by CNN and Gawker.
While there is no allegation of sexual predatory behavior, the engineer appears to have spied on minors’ accounts, accessed their contact lists and chats transcripts.
Given Google’s size it is almost predictable that an incident such as this would happen. When a company has thousands of employees, it is just a matter of statistics and probability. If X% of the country’s population is immature, emotionally unstable or has other personal problems, it is likely that these same characteristics will appear in the workforce of companies, despite the employers’ attempts at identifying the problem employee and prevent the occurrence of any mishap. (more…)