CNET/H-P Suit: Good Personal Privacy v. Bad Personal Privacy VIolator

The Snitch compares nefarious snooping described in CNET employee's suit against H-P, with supposedly benign private snooping described in CNET's Internet “privacy” policy, and finds unsettling parallels.

Corporate spying gets a new wrinkle this week with a complaint against Hewlett-Packard regarding the pretexting scandal. Snitch Matt Smith dug up the documents (Pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.) related to yesterday's filing by CNET reporters against Hewlett-Packard. He also compares the complaint against CNETs own privacy policy — which pretty much says they can do what they want with what you do on their site. Crap, what does our site's privacy policy state? Hit it, Matt. -d2

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BY MATT SMITH

In an installment we’ll call “Good Personal Privacy Violator/Bad Personal Privacy Violator,” SF Weekly examines the text of a lawsuit filed Aug. 15 against H-P by attorneys for CNET journalist Dawn Kawamoto and her husband, Jon Kawamoto.

We also examine CNET’s own “privacy statement,” which suggests the San Francisco company engages in behavior similar in some ways to what Kawamotos characterize as Hewlett Packard’s nefarious, privacy-invading scheme.

The Kawamotos’ complaint was among five separate lawsuits filed Wednesday on behalf of people allegedly spied on by Hewlett-Packard, as that company sought to staunch boardroom press leaks. The plaintiffs had rebuffed Hewlett-Packard’s offer of a private settlement.

The complaint alleges Hewlett-Packard unfairly enriched itself by hiring private investigators to …

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