September 23, 2006

Holy Personal Invasions, Batman! Dunn Is Done

Holy Personal i n v a s i o n s, Batman!
Dunn Is Definitely Done

The recent Hewlett-Packard spying scandal has lead to criminal and congressional investigations, as well as its Chairwoman Patricia Dunn accepting the board's request for her resignation.

California's Attorney General Bill Lockyer and several other federal agencies are investigating to see if HP and its executives violated any laws.

Shame on HP. I'm getting pretty tired of corporations and government thinking they can just do whatever the hell they please. I'm reminded of Lord Acton's famous pronouncement (known as Lord Acton's dictum): "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Yahoo! News:

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Hewlett-Packard Co. shoved Chairwoman Patricia Dunn off its board Friday, severing its ties to a leader whose efforts to plug a media leak morphed into a spying scandal that has spawned criminal and congressional investigations.

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company will turn the chairmanship over to its chief executive, Mark Hurd, who was supposed to take over that job in January as part of changes announced two weeks ago.

But things have changed since then amid a wave of leaked documents revealing how deeply HP's investigators intruded into the personal lives of seven directors, nine journalists, two employees and family members of those targeted individuals. Dunn authorized the investigation and received regular updates, although she said she didn't realize HP's investigators were going to such extremes.


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