Dunn Partially Done, Remains On Board So Company Can, Uh, Keep An Eye On Her

from the here-comes-the-hurd dept

As many expected, HP chairman Patricia Dunn will step down from her post for her role in the company’s investigation into a boardroom leaker. Dunn, however, will retain a seat on the board, so at least for now, she’s still held in higher regard than the leaker George Keyworth, who was not renominated for his seat. CEO Mark Hurd will assume the chairman role. In the company’s release, it offered no explanation for why it waited until now to push Dunn out (assuming she was pushed), as opposed to doing it back in May, when information about the pretexting operation first surfaced (though we all have a pretty good idea). Either way, with several investigations going on into the spying, it’s likely that this story will continue on. Ultimately, the one positive out of this is that there’s been a lot more attention paid to identity theft, and the ease with which one’s personal information can be stolen.

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Matt Bennett says:

Y’know, they were doing a whole segment on this on the radio, and it sounded very different from the way you described it previously, Mike. Firstly, at least it sounded like there were a whole series of leaks, and it was fairly serious competitive information. So it at least something worth taking serious steps to stop. It also sounded like The Board really DID authorize Dunn to do the investigation, and she was just the executor. Now, of course, it’s pretty clear that the techniques involved were immoral and several flavors of illegal. It’s not clear Dunn knew of the techniques used ahead of time, or at what point afterwards, though that bit could be more bull-crap than not.

Beth says:


I went to a state university (graduated 1996) and our student ID number was our SS # (along with our state driver’s license #). Iin order for your grades to remain “private” they posted your SS # and your grade in the hall. heehee.

I know my credit card co, insurance, bank, etc. know my SS#, but does my Phone company??

Anonymous Coward says:

You have the mind to read Techdirt daily and yet d

actually… its relatively easy to obtain SSN… not just because its used as a drivers license number, but is sometimes used as a personal identifier for others involved in accidents… if someone has been involved in an accident… its quite easy to get that public record of the accident… thats just one example. and yes your phone company has your SSN… its used to pull a credit report on you to find out if they want to make you pay a deposit before establishing your phone service.

See Both Sides says:

Between a rock and a hard place

I’m sure the board members signed Non Disclosure Agreements, so someone was violating that and damaging the company and its shareholders.

I don’t concur with anyone violating the law but what was Dunn supposed to do.

Do nothing, allow the company to be damaged and then get sued by the shareholders for failing to perform her fiduciary responsiblity.

Refuse to follow the board’s approved plan to investigate and then be removed from the board for failing to perform her duties

Initiate the investigation and specifically demand the PI to perform a “legal” investigation. That’s what they are supposed to do anyway.

Its a no win situation.

Why not go after the PI and their likes and control this incideous business that has been allowed to violate our privacy year after year.

Then go after Dunn only if she knowingly aided and abetted the PI in an illegal action.

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