Computer misuse

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I was wondering if you could answer this question for me. I was given access to the HPI system (checks finance on vehicles) over 8 years ago through my employer. I thought this service was a free service as we are in the transport industry. I did 3 personal checks on this system (bearing in mind its in the public domain, and anyone of us can access it at home) and have been told that I'm now under investigation for computer misuse? Can this investigation be upheld even though they was the ones who gave me the access?

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  • CharlieBrowne
    yes, your assigned use was for business
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  • ToddN2000
    What does your employee handbook say about personal use of company electronics? If it states that "no personal use", then yes. Depending on the misuse, some companies let little things slide, like checking CNN on your lunch break, otherwise it would be a full day leveling charges against employees for violation. If the company was charged a fee for your three uses then I can see why. Best thing is keep personal use to your personal computer, if you picked up malware or a virus and infected your company computer it could be worse..
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  • marieg39
    The handbook says we are allowed to use the Internet , obviously in moderation. The thing is in the 8 years of having access I thought it was my boss's personal account with them, if I thought it was the organisations I wouldn't of used it. But can find nothing in the staff handbook about hpi checks. I think they might of been charged so I can understand. But I didn't know that
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  • philpl1jb
    Are you in the UK?
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  • marieg39
    Yes am in uk
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  • philpl1jb
    Don't know employment issues in UK. In the US, employees have zero rights in this area.
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  • TomLiotta
    I don't know what the "HPI system" is. But if availability is given for work-related use, then it should be used only for work-related tasks, not personal. It might even be illegal. -- Tom
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  • davidcarr
    If they have a written IT policy then they can enforce it and prosecute you for violating it. In the US it usually leads to immediate termination with no chance to explain or defend yourself. Why did you do it more than once. Once may have been forgivable.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    Ask an employment lawyer. He or she can help. I suspect you'll have the liberal approach that Europe takes regarding employee privacy on your side. :)
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  • philpl1jb
    You've been an employee for over 10 years. You didn't know that using this program violated the company policy and that was not in the company employee handbook.. That policy seemed to state that you were allowed some use of the computer and network. Program with the same name is available for free use. All sounds like a misunderstanding and a shame for an employer to loose a good employee. Good luck.
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  • marieg39
    It was one occasion but checked three different vehicles. Anybody can access it from home, there's even an app on the phone for it.. There's no personal details or names on it. Just purely shows if there's outstanding finance or if the car has been a right off in an accident. I'm sure you have a website in the u.s that you use when your buying a car?
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  • TomLiotta
    Although the "HPI system" is accessible and available for personal use, it is also charged by use against the UserID that logged on. . You can create your own personal UserID and pay the charges. If you used an ID supplied by your employer for personal use, it is little different from using one of the company's credit cards to buy things for yourself. . Now, using the company ID and notifying the company so you can pay the charges is one thing. Using it and not saying anything is trouble. It's possible that a simple explanation and paying any fees will be enough, simply because you didn't recognize a problem existed. But do not assume that all will be well. . Tom
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