HP chair quits after allegations of underhand boardroom investigations

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By  Published  September 30, 2006

HP's chairwoman Patricia Dunn has been forced to resign with immediate effect, following allegations that she authorised illegal methods to discover the source of boardroom leaks.

It was claimed that private investigators were used to spy on some reporters and directors as part of an internal investigation to find out how the media were obtaining sensitive company information. Allegedly, investigators used personal information to pose as HP directors and reporters in order to convince telephone companies to hand over records of private telephone calls, a practice known as pretexting. HP is also accused of trying to install spyware on a journalist's computer.

In a statement, Dunn said: "Unfortunately, the investigation, which was conducted with third parties, included certain inappropriate techniques.

“These went beyond what we understood them to be, and I apologise that they were employed."
Dunn is succeeded by CEO Mark Hurd, who will retain his previous post.

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