HP's Dunn denies responsibility for spy crisis


HP's Dunn denies responsibility for spy crisis

Antony Savvas

Former HP chairman Patricia Dunn is to tell a congressional committee today that she was not responsible for the spying scandal that has engulfed the company.


In a written testimony released in advance of today’s hearing, Dunn said that the outside investigators used by HP were not specifically hired by her, and they were already conducting other work for the company on an ongoing basis.


Dunn, who resigned from HP last week following weeks of media coverage concerning the spying crisis, said she simply briefed the investigators about the problem of boardroom leaks and did not “supervise” the operation.


The investigators subcontracted some of the investigative work to others, who are said to have accessed the phone records of Dunn’s fellow board members, journalists and less senior HP staff.


Dunn admits she was told by investigators that phone records were being accessed, but she said she thought this was being carried out legally.


The congressional committee has also called for HP chief executive Mark Hurd to testify, and a pre-hearing testimony has also been released from him.


Hurd described the spying operation as a “rogue investigation” and said that the “ends came to justify the means”.


Dunn says she and Hurd were briefed on the progress of the investigation into boardroom leaks, and Hurd knew that a "sting" operation was under way to try to link a particular director to them.


The congressional committee has called HP executives, as it is looking into the abuse of personal information.

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