If you’re a board of director for a large Fortune 500 company, should you expect other directors to investigate you and unearth your phone records?
I think most of us would say NO. However, that’s what’s happened at Hewlett Packard. Investigators hired by board members impersonated other board members and obtained phone records with partial social security numbers. The new is all over the Internet: the New York Times had an interesting article yesterday, as well as an article about how easy it is to obtain phone records.
The law has struggled with how to apply ethics to the boardroom since Enron, Worldcom, etc. There is a certain supposition that there is a foundational level of behavior below which people don’t sink. With each new scandal, the true hearts of men and women are revealed. So how should the law respond? What do you think?