Whistle-blowers happy to drop bosses in it

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is proclaiming its whistle-blower campaign to be a success with employees in their droves tapping in leads for the intellectual property protection body to follow up.

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) is proclaiming its whistle-blower campaign to be a success with employees in their droves tapping in leads for the intellectual property protection body to follow up.

In the past month, since the campaign started, there have been 500 online responses from staff that feel they are being pressurised by employers to install illegal software.

As the recession bites employers are cutting corners with their software licensing and vendors looking to recoup revenues are stepping up audits.

In the recent months there has been a focus on whistle-blowing as legislation protects those that highlights illegal actions.

“We want people in IT to know there is support and the means to combat any illegal behaviour by contacting us, and have protection in law under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1988,” said FAST chief executive John Lovelock.

“Our campaign to encourage honest workers to come forward and shock their bosses is designed to let workers know that honest voices can be heard,” he added.

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