Feeds

HP will pay California $14.5m for being naughty

Let's not get civil

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

HP will pay $14.5m to keep California prosecutors from filing civil charges against the company and its directors - both current and former.

The company that turned pretexting into a common term today announced its convenient arrangement with the California Attorney General's office. The majority of HP's payment - $13.5m - will go toward creating a Privacy and Piracy Fund that will back California investigations into violations of the P words. Another $650,000 will go toward statutory damages, and $350,000 will go straight to the Attorney General's office to cover its investigation of HP's spy probe.

HP likely spent about $400,000 on its investigation into board members, reporters, employees and their families.

"We are pleased to settle this matter with the Attorney General and are committed to ensuring that HP regains its standing as a global leader in corporate ethics and responsibility," said Mark Hurd, HP's chief.

Hurd continues to survive this scandal in style, having received a promotion to the Chairman post after former Chairman Patricia Dunn resigned. Dunn still faces criminal charges, along with four others tied to the fiasco.

HP has agreed to some voyeuristic conditions as part of its settlement. An independent director, for example, will now monitor HP's legal and ethical practices.

In addition, HP has been required to hire a chief ethics officer and to hire an expert in the investigatory field - steps the company has already taken. HP must also "implement a series of measures designed to ensure that its internal investigations are conducted in accordance with California law and with the company's high ethical standards."

"HP has traditionally been a leader in the area of business ethics and I look forward to working with the management team to help ensure that the company operates with the highest standards of integrity," said new board member Ken Thompson, who is Wachovia's CEO and will monitor HP's board investigations.

Thompson is well versed in the art of pretexting, which is handy.

At $14.5m, it seems that HP got off pretty light. It probably made that much on ink as lawyers pumped out their documents dealing with the spy case. ®

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?