HR Strange But True!
August 23, 2001

Jamie Flournoy got more than he bargained for when he bought four laptops a few months ago at an online liquidation auction held by Viant, a Boston-based consulting firm that was closing its San Francisco office.

On the computers' hard drives were reams of private information, including e-mails, a business plan, and employee performance reviews.

Adding to the embarrassment for everyone involved was that Flourney knew the people mentioned in the reviews. He was among those who lost their jobs in the shutdown, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

With about 100 laptops sold in the auction, other ex-Viant employees ended up buying computers with data on them, leading many to worry where their personnel files ended up.

The Chronicle says the incident illustrates the risks that often go unnoticed or ignored when a company shuts its doors and sells off the office equipment.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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