Truth stranger than fiction: HP giving out privacy award, Dunn asks Pope for more controversy

Truth stranger than fiction: HP giving out privacy award, Dunn asks Pope for more controversy

Summary: I'm not sure what to file this under? The Pot, Kettle, Black Department?

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I'm not sure what to file this under? The Pot, Kettle, Black Department? Or the You Can't Make Stuff Like this Up Department? HP which is currently embroiled in the worst invasion of privacy-cum-espionage scandal I can remember since Watergate is, get this, the sole corporate sponsor of the Privacy Innovation Awards that are going to be handed out next month at a gala event in Toronto.  According to the award Web site:

This year, IAPP and HP will recognize three organizations that demonstrate high levels of integration of privacy protection throughout their entire business process: large organization (more than 5,000 employees), small organization (under 5,000 employees) and innovative privacy technology.  Private sector and public sector organizations are eligible across all three categories. The winners will be presented on Friday, October 20 at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto, Ontario as part of the IAPP Privacy Academy 2006....

..At present, there is not sufficient recognition for organizations that have embraced privacy as a competitive advantage, and as a business/governmental imperative.

The IAPP-HP Privacy Innovation Award serves as a catalyst for organizations to look at ways in which they can transform themselves through the organizational integration of privacy and reap the benefits of greater consumer/citizen satisfaction, enhanced customer relationships, and the competitive advantages driven by unique privacy-enabled models.

With its focus on the importance of privacy and security for success in e-commerce and e-governance, and its 2,600+ strong membership base of privacy professionals, the IAPP is proud to host the Privacy Innovation Awards with sponsorship support from HP. IAPP's privacy conference series, credentialing programs and educational forums are renowned for their non-partisan approach to educating business, government, and higher education on the latest policies, ideas, and best practices from the privacy and security fronts.

No. I'm not making this up. The Hotline has its take in a story headlined Irony Watch - What's that clicking noise? and the Associated Press wrote:

Insert your own punch line: Hewlett-Packard Co., the Palo Alto-based technology company facing federal and state investigations over spying on board members and journalists, is cosponsor of an award for "privacy innovation."

Yesterday, I thought I was living in a dream when I learned that Patricia Dunn, chairwoman of HP's board of directors -- a woman who, by virtue of HP-internal emails that have been made public, is clearly implicated as being the central figure in the scandal -- was still due to be inducted into the Bay Area Council's Business Hall of Fame.  And now this. The induction at this point is laughable and, in her acceptance speech (parts of which can be heard on yesterday's Dan & David Show), Dunn in jest, welcomed more controversial comments from the Pope regarding Islam so as to take the spotlight off her own personal drama.  Said Dunn:

All I will say about the maelstrom of recent unwelcome attention is that I look forward eagerly to the time in the near future when I will be permitted to set the record straight and go back to living my life as discreetly as possible.  And, in the meantime, it wouldn't hurt if the Pope continued to make controversial comments to grab the attention of the press.

Talk about bad taste. There's nothing funny about the situation involving the Pope as well as some of the lives that may have been lost as a result. Making light of it speaks volumes about who Patricia Dunn is. Even worse, the audience laughed. I was disgusted and had I been there, I would have booed very loudly.  The irony in the honors being taken and given, the total lack of contrition regarding the privacy that was invaded and the techniques that were used, and the fact that people are embracing such distasteful words with laughter is a really sad commentary regarding moral character.

Meanwhile, HP is due to hold a press conference today at 4 PM after the stock market closes. Also, HP's stock may finally be feeling the pinch of the scandal as it's now a fair distance away from the 52 week high it continued to flutter around, even after drama was well under way.

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  • Webster Said

    Nothing is as powerfull as the truth - nor as strange. Delightful article. Thanks
    mighetto
  • Puhleeeaaaassssse

    while I agree with 99% of the editorial, I can't help but roll my eyes when comments such as:

    "There's nothing funny about the situation involving the Pope as well as some of the lives that may have been lost as a result" are made.

    What's the implication?

    The *Pope* (or *anybody* who says the "wrong" thing) causes people to murder. In this case, it is suspected that a nun was murdered by some Islamic fanatic. You know, crazy, murderous animal who kills in the name of "Allah."

    And it was the Pope's calling it like it is (pointing out facts related to the teachings of Islam as found in the Koran) that leads to him being vilified by the liberal media.

    Cut the crap, OK? Animalistic religious psychopaths are to blame.

    Or, by the same logic---if I didn't like your editorial and was offended---I could kill you and it would be *your* fault?

    Get real. Get a clue. And don't make *any* excuses for those religious idiots with a "cause" and the morality of Charles Manson.
    brian ansorge
    • I beg to differ Brian

      I'm sorry Brian, but I disagree with your viewpoint. I certainly didn't affirm the connection between the deaths and what the Pope said. I deliberately picked the word "may." The point is that what's going on the in the world is pretty tragic and whether there's a connection or not, Dunn had no place making a joke of what is happening at HP, nor did she have any place invoking the situation with the Pope in an effort to get a laugh. It was bad form all around and all you're doing is trying to politicize a discussion I have no interest in politicizing.

      db
      dberlind
  • Psycopaths in Suits

    I didn't understand this type of behavior and was a victim of it when I left the newspaper industry a few years ago. I was spied on by a co-employee that was directed by a VP to do so. Soon, when I voiced my displeasure at the attrocious behavior of this person, I was asked and agreed to resign.

    It wasn't until I picked up Psycopaths in Suits a few months ago that I recognized the behavior of this person. It may explain Dunn's behavior as well as her indifference to it.
    Douglas Karr
  • Failure to understand Eastern culture is to blame, not [sic] pyschopaths

    This is wrong and not the position that any media source has taken with regards to what was said:

    __ "And it was the Pope's calling it like it is
    __ (pointing out facts related to the teachings of
    __ Islam as found in the Koran) that leads to him
    __ being vilified by the liberal media."

    What has been consistently pointed out is that the Pope, in his position, is very schooled in Eastern Culture. For example, one has to learn a great deal about differences in Eastern v. Western Culture, to understand the Old Testament books, especially the first five books of Moses. I have no doubt that the Pope knows his Eastern Culture well. One has to understand the Old Testament & Eastern Culture to understand Jesus...because it was all that Jesus had to teach from that existed before his arrival...i.e. Jesus was not a Christian...he was a Jew and quoted consistently from the Old Testament.

    That said, deep down, the Pope knew better than to relate the quotations that he did to some people of Eastern Culture. Many from the Middle East would be expected to react just as they did. The Pope is not a stupid man...he just erred in a big way.

    This isn't 20/20 hindsight...it happened exactly as one would expect. It was an "oops!" moment, not a whole lot different from a famous moment immortalized by one Dixie Chick singer...when she spoke about Texas in a negative way.

    The Pope is a flawed, imperfect person, just like the rest of us. If you were one of the other "Dixie Popes" that heard him one that day while on the world stage with him...you probably would have cringed upon hearing the quote. Ooops! The other Dixie Popes know there will be consequences. What kind, they weren't sure...but they knew they'd be coming.

    So much for the Pope's latest upcoming record sale. Patricia Dunn probably could have chosen a better target to alter the public's focus...stupidly all she did was hold up a mirror as she turned on the spotlight.

    There has only been one perfect person on this planet, and he died 2000 years ago. Everyone else is flawed to some extent; our cultures (Eastern, Western, Far Eastern, etc.) are also flawed.
    Patricia Dunn, however continues to demonstrate that she can almost take the whole cake when showing just how flawed she is to the public eye.
    _____________________

    And it was the Pope's calling it like it is (pointing out facts related to the teachings of Islam as found in the Koran) that leads to him being vilified by the liberal media.

    Cut the crap, OK? Animalistic religious psychopaths are to blame.
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