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Where Did HP Cross The Line?

The leaker didn't publicize or sell HP's plans for new products, etc. He did leak very general information on corporate direction. While that may be a breach of his director's responsibilities, that's a civil matter. What HP did to find him may very well be a criminal matter under the laws of California. Yes, everything going into or out of HP on its phone lines, computers, etc., is fair game. People's personal phone records are not. --EB

HP didn't do the unethical things, the company hired to find the perpetrator did. I can assure you it didn't ask HP for permission to cross the line ... ever heard of plausible deniability? No, I don't have HP stock, nor do I work for it. I'm just sick of the double standards of the media. They'd sell their mother to get a story about how you should be hanged for selling your mother. --Critique

Why didn't they just ask board members or anyone else who had access to the leaked information? Didn't the accused board member say he would've told them he was the leaker? And did they really think that outsourcing the investigation would let them avoid prosecution? Everyone involved should be prosecuted and, at a minimum, resign. But they won't. Ms. Dunn is the sacrificial lamb. Let's face it: Business ethics are dead. --John

Quick, Encrypt Everything!

We need to make it much more expensive to lose data than it is to take care of it. It's more likely that encryption is a great immediate stopgap solution, until somebody figures out something better. But nothing will get done, because losing personal data doesn't cost enough yet. The extra cost of security in IT processes is still a lot higher than sending out those "mea culpa" letters and bogus "credit watching" services. --Ted

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