Hewlett-Packard has reached a settlement with a number of journalists it spied on in an attempt to uncover boardroom leaks back in 2006. The settlement amount, though undisclosed, will be donated to several charities nominated by the journalists.
"The matter has been resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties, and we are pleased to put this matter behind us," HP's Emma McCulloch told Reuters.
John Markoff of The New York Times and BusinessWeek reporters Peter Burrows, Ben Elgin and Roger Crockett sued the world's biggest computer company in September 2006 after HP revealed it had secretly examined the private telephone logs of journalists, board members and HP employees to identify the source of leaks to the media.
The resulting fallout saw HP chairwoman Patricia Dunn and four private investigators face criminal charges which were later plea-bargained down to misdemeanours.
Meanwhile, The Inquirer says there are a number of other cases pending agains HP concerning the spy scandal. Another group of journalists, including three from CNET and a former reporter for the Associated Press are suing the company for "illegal and reprehensible conduct", it says.
The Inq says the spy row has already cost HP in the region of $14,5-million.