Ex-Leader of H.P. Is Charged in California http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/04/business/04hewlettcnd.html I am a bit surprised this didn't come up. Apparently individuals from some of the investigating companies misrepresented themselves to phone companies and obtained detailed phone records and personal information about various reporters and some HP executives. Some of the phone companies are suing the investigating companies, and people they call 'pretexters'. If you're not worried about government surveillance because its the government, just remember that people leave government with knowledge about surveillance, and they may go into business themselves with that knowledge. With outsourcing of such work, no telling where or how one's personal information will be used.