The Federation Against Software Theft has launched a whistleblower campaign to try and encourage those people uncomfortable with the idea of being pressured by their bosses to use unlicensed software.
The idea of encouraging tip-offs is particularly topical with a recent spate of whistle blowing, including the Baby P case, causing changes in the law to protect those who speak out against what they perceive to be wrong doing.
The public is being encouraged to phone 01628 622 121 to report their suspicions or log their concern online at www.fastiis.org/our_services/enforcement/reportingPiracy
John Lovelock, chief executive at FAST, said that there were increasing temptations to cut corners as more people worked from home and accessed applications via the cloud.
“We are hearing all too frequently from IT workers that employers are pressurising them into installing illegal software. It’s becoming increasingly common and easy for employers to save costs and even time, by putting software compliance in the ‘too difficult’ basket in these troubled economic times,” he said.
He said that it would be promoting the Public Interest and Disclosure Act 1998 to inform the public of their rights and the protection that exists to those that come forward.