Five People Charged in HP Spying Case

As expected, California Attorney General Bill Locker has filed charges against former Hewlett-Packard executives, data providers and outside investigators that were involved in the HP spying scandal.

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Attorney General Bill Lockyer accused two ousted HP insiders – chairwoman Patricia Dunn and chief ethics officer Kevin Hunsaker – and three outside investigators – Ronald DeLia, Matthew DePante and Bryan Wagner – of violating state privacy laws in HP’s attempt to root out the source of boardroom leaks.

The five each face four felony counts in the charges filed Wednesday: use of false or fraudulent pretenses to obtain confidential information from a public utility; unauthorized access to computer data; identity theft; and conspiracy to commit each of those crimes. Each charge carries a fine of up to $10,000 and three years in prison.

The spying problems at HP continue to keep the issue of personal data providers, phone record access and pretexting in the public eye. As a result, more politicians will surely jump on the anti-pretexting bandwagon to pass more restrictive laws against obtaining phone records. This is fine as long as it is done for the right reasons and recognizes legitimate situations that require access to phone records by skip tracers, private investigators and legal professionals.

Source: Charges Filed in HP Spying Scandal