HP Board Spying Not Just Limited To HP Board Members

from the goner dept

The story of HP's Patricia Dunn spying on the company's own board members is only getting worse. Not only did Dunn have private investigators engage in fraud to get board members' phone records, but apparently they also monitored the phone records of the News.com reporter on the other end of the leaks. Any justification or legal standing for spying on the board certainly doesn't apply to spying on a reporter that is entitled to seek out and quote anonymous sources. If there's a clock ticking away the seconds until Patricia Dunn is forced out, it just started going a little faster.

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    Greg Andrew, 7 Sep 2006 @ 3:46pm

    I haven't seen any evidence that Ms. Dunn - or anyone else on the board - knew of the methods of investigation before the board got the results. And not only didn't Ms. Dunn hire the investigators herself, she's three steps removed from the investigation. She ordered HP's general counsel to investigate. Counsel hired a consulting firm. The consulting firm hired the investigators. So don't count on any of HP's board getting kicked out because of this unless there's evidence to directly tie them to endorsing illegal activities.

    The legality of pretexting when it is not used to steal something of monetary value is also quite unclear.

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