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And Worse and Worse-- Carly was snooped on in 2005 - Updated
Tuesday, September 19 2006 @ 02:08 AM EDT

Now we learn HP got Carly Fiorina's phone records too, back in 2005, while she was still the CEO, according to Mercury News, which tells us that HP met the Monday deadline to turn over documents to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

They might have a few leakers there too, methinks. Here's a Law.com article explaining some of the issues regarding the hearings scheduled for the 28th.

And there's more, much more. HP since 2002, as portrayed in this article, sounds a little like East Germany under Communist rule, where almost everyone was snooping on somebody and secretly was a STASI informant:

The Stasi is what East Germanyís secret police were called. Essentially their job was to root out political enemies. In the extreme paranoia of the former communist government, that meant enemies around every corner, in every home. In fact, we met a former inmate today who learned only a few years ago when she was able to review her Stasi file that her own husband was a Stasi informant. He (still very much alive) hadnít told her.

Of course the analogy is to the atmosphere. There were and are no HP prisons, I'm happy to report. And no one makes you dip your hand in boiling oil to determine your guilt or innocence when they can't figure out who the culprit is. You just lose your privacy and then your job. Maybe your good name in an 8K filing with the SEC. Meanwhile, everyone says good morning to every one else every day and then gets to work snooping. Or outsourcing it.

According to the article, pretexting only happened in the 2006 investigation, but then how did they get Carly's phone records? 'Tis a mystery:

The 2005 investigation included obtaining phone records from phone companies, rather than merely HP's internal phone system, but the company says only the 2006 investigation involved pretexting. It wasn't clear whether Fiorina or most others' cell, home or office phone records were obtained.

Let me guess. Back then it was easier and they just bought them for $78 on the internet? Or maybe their PI had connections? I wonder if she'll sue.

The following board members and other victims were snooped on back then too:

George Keyworth, former board member Robert Knowling, current board member and former board chairman Richard Hackborn, Brigida Bergkamp, an HP corporate spokeswoman, and Lucie Salhany, a board member.

I wonder how it feels to find out about that now? And we know now the name of the second HP employee whose privacy was invaded in the 2006 investigation:

Donovan, the HP spokesman, said Monday that Bergkamp is "the second of two employees targeted in the investigation, and the investigation concluded that any suspicion of Brigida was baseless. She plans to remain with HP."

Well, Brigida is a PR person. She'd tell HP and us that, while she quietly sends out her resume, via anonymous remailers, from a cybercafe. Joke. Joke.

The company also took videos of some targets to see if they were meeting with reporters.
In short, HP has to plead temporary insanity, because it lost its cotton pickin' corporate mind.

Here's HP's statement:

HP spokesman Ryan Donovan said Monday, "The only thing I would say about the current investigation is the intent was the right intent. Information was leaked from the company that was potentially damaging and had ability to move stocks, which is not a good thing." Donovan said that the first investigation started and ended in early 2005, before Fiorina was ousted in February.

Um. Like what? Let's get specific. Exactly what was leaked that could have moved stocks? And is there any evidence that it ever did? I'm sure they'd be telling us if there was any such evidence. They went bonkers over what could happen or might happen but apparently never actually did happen? So, not to be a cynic, but was that really the motivation for this pervasive and persistent snoopery? The article makes it sound a bit more like political infighting. One person was fired for talking to a reporter. Put that crime on your resume. Here's a little factoid to make a note of if you care about your privacy at all:

HP often issued its own cell phones to employees and so it was able to legally check phone calls for any contacts with reporters.

Modern Times. Just staple an RFID chip in their foreheads, why don't you, so you can legally track everywhere they go and everything they do. After all, you're the employer, and who are they to have privacy rights? You pay them, don't you? Oh, wait. Cell phones do track where you go, huh? How handy. Just a word to the wise: Beware of bosses bearing gifts. If your boss offers you a cell phone, think it over very, very carefully. Say thanks, and then toss it in the nearest lake. I guess that won't help, will it? I hear anyone can buy anyone's cell phone records. How did we get here, folks? What happened?


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