Case 5: HP: The Pretexting Predicament1.What are the ethical issues in this case?The ethical issues in this case are two-fold. First, board member, George Keyworth acted unethically when he leaked private company information to the press. Further, one might argue that he also acted illegally in that he violated his fiduciary duties to HP.The other ethical issue relates to employee (and by extension board member) privacy. Specifically, when is an employer permitted to access an individual’s personal information? Without a doubt, an employer generally has access to an employee’s e-mail and phone records when such resources are provided by the company and such information is obtained in the ordinary course of business. However, this case revolves around, when, if ever, a company should be able to access personal records outside of work and what tactics may be used by a company to obtain such information.
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