Employees work at a call centre. Reuters/Fayaz Kabli
MANILA, Philippines - Operators of a business processing and outsourcing (BPO) company are facing multiple charges for using pirated software.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), after a surprise inspection, discovered P16 million worth of pirated software from the two offices of John Ernest Connecting Continents (JECC).
The NBI seized 140 computers containing 96 infringing copies of Microsoft Windows XP and 48 infringing copies of Microsoft Office 2007.
“Business operators such as JECC should know that use of unauthorized software or misappropriate information technology in its business operations is already a crime. Especially in the BPO industry where they handle a lot of sensitive data for their clients. They are exposing users to serious malware and virus attacks that can compromise privacy and security,” said Atty. Dante Jacinto, chief of intellectual property rights division of the NBI, in a statement.
The operators of JECC will face criminal prosecution and other possible charges in accordance with the IP Code Republic Act No. 8293.
The NBI also warned that neglecting the possible threats of viruses and spywares brought about by the use of pirated software can be detrimental to the the growth and stability of a business.
“We strongly encourage businesses to cease the use of pirated software. It does not only expose your consumers to harm but, it also subjects you, your technicians and your businesses to numerous risks including loss of property and criminal prosecution,” said Jacinto.