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Thursday, September 21, 2006

No Ethics in These Boardrooms: If you want evidence that the moral bankruptcy of much of corporate America begins at the top, look no further than this survey of corporate directors, which found that 85 percent of responding directors place a higher priority on corporate confidentiality than shielding personal information. And just over half said they have served on corporate boards that have authorized the use of “aggressive” surveillance techniques—similar to those used by Hewlett Packard—to address a potential leak.

According to Larry Ponemon, chairman of The Ponemon Institute: “Board members feel like confidential corporate information is on a much higher ethical ground than personal privacy.” Let’s hope a few indictments—and if there’s any justice, a few convictions—will help restore a little ethical perspective in the boardroom.

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