Hewlett-Packard (HP) has agreed to pay $14.5m (£7.4m) to settle a civil lawsuit over its much-criticised investigation into a boardroom leak
Hewlett-Packard chairman Patricia Dunn has resigned with immediate effect amid allegations of illegal spying by the US computer firm.
Chief executive Mark Hurd said he had accepted the offer from Ms Dunn, who had earlier indicated she would leave in January over the scandal.
Mr Hurd described methods used by HP to try and identify who was behind boardroom leaks as “very disturbing”
California’s attorney general is investigating methods used by Hewlett Packard to oversee the activities of certain directors after a media leak.
In a bid to discover which employee had leaked “confidential” reports to the press, HP hired undercover consultants.
The firm’s counsel said HP’s methods were “not generally unlawful” but could not say if the techniques used by outside agents complied with the law