Wednesday, September 20, 2006


Hewlett Packard's Dunn Honored for Spying on Journalists

Well, more accurately, she's being honored despite spying on journalists. Via David Berlind, Ina Fried and Jim Kerstetter write On Wednesday night, [Hewlett-Packard Chairwoman Patricia] Dunn is expected to be inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame by the Bay Area Council, a local business and civic organization. Dunn took over after HP had gone through a painful restructuring. Miz Carly bought quality-deficient Compaq to teach cost-insensitive HP engineers how to shave a penny. HP stock is now at 36ish. That's about where it stood at the end of 1998. In other words, from an investment standpoint, if you hung onto your HP stock, you're only down about a third. It takes true genius to take one of America's foremost companies, trash it, and keep it from recovering. Among other good things Dunn arranged for was the sending of bogus tips to reporter Dawn Kuwamoto, i.e., entrapment. And then there was this: A later e-mail from that same address included an attachment believed to have contained marketing information about a new HP product. That attachment, government investigators told Kawamoto, is believed to have had the ability to track the e-mail, notify the sender if it was opened, and tell the sender if the e-mail was forwarded and to which IP address it had been forwarded. Sending Kawamoto an attachment like that would not have been illegal, government investigators said, noting that the technology used was not believed to have been a keylogger loaded onto the computer. Corporate spying on individuals is legal? Only in George Bush's America. Not in a nation where citizens have a God-given (inalienable) right to be secure in their persons and possessions against unreasoable searches and seizures.
It just gets worse:
H.P. Said to Have Studied Infiltrating Newsrooms

"Hewlett-Packard conducted feasibility studies on planting spies in news bureaus of two major publications as part of an investigation of leaks from its board, an individual briefed on the company’s review of the operation said yesterday."
Resign in disgrace, and get an award.

They're just following Bush's example.
AnonyMN, so many journalists act lie stoolies, I doubt HP would have had to do more than ask.

And MEC has a good catch. Maybe Bush can give her a Medal of Freedom to commemorate her liberation of Americans from their privacy.
While not defending the action either way, the lawyers are likely right as the Internet (i.e.-Email) is not a secure medium of communication, no privacy is expected nor guaranteed, and software that is installed, even without the recipient's knowledge is likely legal... otherwise Yahoo!, Google and the others would likely be out of business...
Well, Fistandantulus,according to Dow Jones, "California Attorney General Bill Lockyer is investigating the actions taken by the investigators hired by H-P, and has said criminal charges could be forthcoming against current and former H-P officials". Furthermore, the chairman of a House Committee is seeking to subpoena witnesses.

So your opinion would seem to be, well, completely unfounded.

Might I suggest that you take a peek at the Constitution and see if maybe there's something you missed that Attorney General Lockyer and Congressman Joe Barton see?
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