Google Fires Kenyan Country Manager Over Mocality

Posted on Feb 1 2012 - 4:53am by Editorial Staff

Internet search engine giant Google has reportedly fired its Kenya country manager, Olga Arara-Kimani over a recent data poaching scandal. Mocality had conducted a sting operation that revealed Google employees had been undermining its business in the country by accessing the database and contacting clients – claiming to work with Mocality.

South African site News.com reported the news of Arara-Kimani’s termination on Tuesday morning. The company apologised, but also stated that it would investigate the conduct of its Kenyan unit in addition to the main accused.

“We’re still investigating exactly how this happened, and as soon as we have all the facts, we’ll be taking the appropriate action with the people involved,” Nelson Mattos, Google Vice-President for Product and Engineering, Europe and Emerging Markets said when the scandal was revealed.

However, last Friday Nelson Mattos, Google’s VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa on his Google+ page announced that the company had taken appropriate action with the accused involved and even made changes in its operations to ensure a similar scandal never occurred again.

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