NSS Software Inc. has been hired to create an online banking program
for NMM Bank. You are hired as an independent contractor to develop an
IM module for the overall program. As per your contract, security of the
messenger will be handled by NSS Software, Inc. After you deliver the
module, you determine that NSS Software delivered the program without
adding security to your IM module. You bring this to the attention of
the banking program’s team leader who hired you and he explains that the
team was over budget and behind schedule and therefore could not add
the security features, but because this is just the IM module, and not
related to any accounts, it won’t be a problem. He also reminds you of
the confidentiality agreement in your contract which reads as follows:
Confidentiality: Subcontractor acknowledges that during the course of
this agreement, subcontractor may come into the possession of certain
confidential information regarding NSS Software Inc., including but not
limited to proprietary information, software code, and business
practices, disclosure of which to third parties may be damaging to NSS
Software Inc. Subcontractor, therefore, agrees to maintain the
confidentiality of said information in perpetuity, and not use said
information except in the performance of this Agreement.
What would you do in this situation?
Review your classmates’ posts. Find someone who chose a different
approach than you. Justify their position and propose at least one
additional argument as to why their approach is appropriate.
Choose a classmate who chose a similar approach to the situation as
you did. Argue why their approach is not appropriate in this situation.