We are totally glad we don’t work at HP. Not only is Dunn out the door, but yesterday and today, the embattled woman was forced forced to defend her company’s illegal actions to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. And they’re grilling her good.
At the heart of the conflict are allegations of Pretexting, a sneaky, not to mention illegal, way of getting private records. Investigators in the employ of HP used this method while trying to find a leak on the board of directors who was giving information to CNET reporters.
A number of high-level HP employees have resigned and taken their Fifth Amendment right to not self-incriminate themselves. This means that either Dunn told these people what to do, or that they were working without Dunn’s knowledge. Dunn is saying that prior to all these shenanigans, she’d never heard the word “pretexting.”
Either way, HP’s brass knew what it was doing, and they knew that it was illegal. The story hasn’t finish writing itself, however, so stay tuned.
Dunn Grilled by Congress [C|Net]