Privacy and Piracy Fund Application and Information for Authorized Prosecutors
On December 7, 2006, the Santa Clara County Superior Court, in entering the Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction ("Judgment") in the case of People v. Hewlett-Packard Company, Case No. 106CV-076081, established the Privacy and Piracy Fund ("Privacy and Privacy Fund" or "Fund"). The terms of the Fund are set forth in the Judgment, which can be accessed below.
The Privacy and Piracy Fund is administered by the California Attorney General's Office. The Fund is established to give "authorized prosecutors" access to additional funds so that they can more effectively conduct investigations and bring prosecutions to protect the public's privacy rights and/or intellectual property rights. An "authorized prosecutor" refers to any district attorney, any city attorney, and any city and county attorney authorized to prosecute violations of California Business and Professions Code section 17200 et seq., as set forth in California Business and Professions Code section 17206. The maximum total amount of money that can be disbursed to all authorized prosecutor applicants in any given year is limited to $500,000.
Authorized prosecutors may apply for disbursements from the Fund pursuant to the procedures set forth below.