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  • James Butler, in reply to Hebe,

    It is momentarily interesting offshore.

    The one thing that's apparently not interesting offshore is Ira Bailey's past associations - in Charles Anderson's post on the New York Times blogs, he's just "an information technology administrator". If only some locals could just let him be what he is.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 856 posts Report Reply

  • rodgerd, in reply to Hebe,

    I would add that Ira Bailey -- and possibly Keith Ng -- knows the names of those who viewed his Linked In profile. That would be interesting. It would not prove anything, but....

    Not necessarily. If you don't have someone in your web of contacts, you don't get to see "Someone at JOBNAME looked at your profile" as a message. I think if you upgrade to a paid account you can also get more information.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    From the article linked in the story...

    after Mr Bailey called the Ministry of Social Development a second time last week, his LinkedIn profile was checked out by Holly Ford – a member of Ms Bennett’s staff.

    LinkedIn's default settings mean that if you have a free account, others can see if you've viewed your profile. Mr Bailey saw Ms Ford on his "Who's Viewed Your Profile" list, then alerted Mr Ng.

    I half-thought it sounded like a false name, but

    Another member of Ms Bennett’s staff confirmed Ms Ford worked in the minister’s office, but said she was not immediately available for comment.

    Bennett responds
    Ms Bennett told NBR, “I can confirm that one of my advisors Googled Ira Bailey and found his LinkedIn profile, after his name was mentioned in relation to the security issue. This is common practice; social media is a good tool for research."

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2110 posts Report Reply

  • Ross Mason,

    This is common practice; social media is a good tool for research.

    Lets see what Face Like a Book says.......Mary Citizen.......in relationship with......ooooo I like researching......

    Message to any WINZ target: Why not start imagining relationships with....um....interesting people.

    Hmmm.. So it did not take very long to get from MSD to the Minister's staffer did it.

    Upper Hutt • Since Jun 2007 • 1590 posts Report Reply

  • mark taslov, in reply to Ross Mason,

    That's possibly one of the bolder admissions of cyber stalking you're ever likely to hear.

    Te Ika-a-Māui • Since Mar 2008 • 2281 posts Report Reply

  • john Drinnan, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Soper would need to be confident it was provable in a defamation action - if it were not true damages might be large

    Auckland • Since Oct 2010 • 31 posts Report Reply

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