Corporate leak probes walk a fine line
In one telling moment during the recent Congressional hearings on the Hewlett-Packard Co. board scandal, ousted chairman Patricia Dunn offered the "everybody does it" defense.
Asked by one legislator about HP’s hiring private investigators who obtained phone records under false pretenses, a practice called pretexting, to identify who’d leaked confidential information, Dunn replied, "I believe these [pretexting] methods may be quite common at companies around the country."
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