Spying scandal claims another scalp

HP general counsel Ann Baskins has resigned from the company, the latest casualty in the HP spying scandal.

HP general counsel Ann Baskins has resigned from the company, the latest casualty in the HP spying scandal.

Baskins, along with HP chairman Patricia Dunn and chief executive officer Mark Hurd, were asked to appear at a US congressional hearing over the accessing of HP director, employee and journalist phone records last week.

Dunn resigned last week, even though she claimed at the congressional hearing that she didn’t “supervise” any investigative efforts by the company to plug media leaks from HP’s boardroom.

Baskins had worked with Dunn in the company’s efforts to stop the leaks, and Dunn told the congressional hearing that Hurd had also sat in on meetings to discuss the problem.

HP had used an outside agency to investigate the media leaks, which is then said to have used investigators to access the phone records of HP board directors, employees and journalists from telecom companies without their permission.

Baskins’ and Dunn’s departure follows the resignations from the board of two other directors, including one who admitted media leaks.

State and federal enforcement agencies are considering bringing charges against HP employees for their role in the affair.  

On Baskins’ departure, Hurd said, “I want to thank Ann for 24 years of outstanding service and devotion to HP. She has admirably supported our business needs across the globe and will be missed. Stepping down was a very hard decision for her, but by doing so she has put the interests of HP above her own and that is to be commended.”

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