Leaking Company Plans via LinkedIn

Hewlett-Packard case shows hazards posed by employees’ use of social media.

Hewlett-Packard Co. Vice President Scott McClellan gave away more than his job status when he mentioned the computer maker’s new Web-storage initiative in his profile on LinkedIn Corp., a professional networking site.

McClellan inadvertently tipped off competitors earlier this year to previously undisclosed details of Hewlett-Packard’s cloud-computing services. The information was later removed, though not before rivals got a look at the plans.

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