Hewlett-Packard user details could go under the hammer

The personal and commercial details of around 100,000 Hewlett-Packard users could be sold to the highest bidder later this month.

The personal and commercial details of around 100,000 Hewlett-Packard users could be sold to the highest bidder later this month.

A California bankruptcy court is selling the details contained in a database previously used by the defunct Interex HP user group.

As well as personal details of HP users, the database is believed to contain details of the IT configurations of the companies that individual members work for.

Interex members have protested that the sale contravenes the user group’s privacy policy, but the group’s £2.4m bankruptcy this summer means this policy could be ignored, as the court seeks to raise cash for creditors.

It is believed a US reseller of used HP kit has already made a bid for the database, which has triggered a bidding war for the user details.

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