FAST calls for whistleblowers to report pirate software


FAST calls for whistleblowers to report pirate software

Simon Quicke

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has launched a whistleblower campaign to try to encourage those people uncomfortable with the idea of being pressured by their bosses to use unlicensed software to come forward.

The public is being encouraged to phone 01628 622 121 to report their suspicions or log their concern online on the Federation Against Software Theft website.

John Lovelock, chief executive at FAST, said that there are increasing temptations to cut corners as more people work from home and access applications via the cloud.

"We are hearing all too frequently from IT workers that employers are pressurising them into installing illegal software. It is 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.

This story originally appeared on Microscope.

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