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ESL Podcast 412 - Corporate Spying 2008-09-29
ESL Podcast 412 - Corporate Spying
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Tags: Business
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Slow dialogue: 1:40
Explanations: 3:55
Fast dialogue: 17:35
Joachim: I'm really having second thoughts about hiring a firm to do corporate spying for us. I don't want to do anything that's ethically questionable.

Dawn: We have no choice but to do it. All of our competitors conduct corporate espionage.

Joachim: I can understand spying on our competitors, but I draw the line at having us snoop on our own employees.

Dawn: We wouldn't unless our backs were against the wall. I know you're thinking about Hewer Placket hiring investigators to find a leak in their company. I'm sure it was a hard decision for them, but they couldn't allow anyone in their own company to leak trade secrets.

Joachim: True, it was necessary, but I don't like being deceptive with our own employees. I won't allow wiretaps or any invasion of privacy.

Dawn: Our first priority would be damage control, not privacy. In any case, we're not making a decision to spy within the company right now. We're only after our rival's information. The investigators we're hiring know the difference between legal and illegal spying. They'll schmooze at trade shows, scour legal records, and do other things like that. They'll know where to draw the line.

Joachim: I hope you're right. I don't want to end up on the front page of the Times!


Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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