NEW ZEALAND COMPUTER SOCIETY
CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

The Code of Ethics set out hereunder is issued under the provisions of clause 24 of the Constitution of the New Zealand Computer Society Incorporated and is binding on all Fellows, Advanced Members and Associates of the Society.

PREAMBLE

Members, while pursuing the profession of information processing (the design, construction and operation of information processing systems) will use their special knowledge and skill for the benefit of the public, will serve employers and clients with integrity and loyalty, subject to an overriding responsibility to the public interest, and will strive to enhance the competence and prestige of the profession.

IN RELATION TO THE PUBLIC

The member .....

P1 shall have a proper regard for the confidentiality of personal data and shall not use professional skills to infringe the rights of others.

P2 shall express an opinion on a professional subject only when it is based on honest belief and knowledge.

P3 shall declare any personal financial interest in making any statement, criticism or argument concerning information processing.

P4 shall not advertise goods or professional services in a misleading manner.

IN RELATION TO EMPLOYERS AND CLIENTS

The member ....

E1 shall not disclose or use any confidential information obtained in the course of professional duties without the consent of the person or parties concerned, unless required by law to do so.

E2 shall declare to clients or employers any business connection, interest or application which might influence professional judgement or impair the disinterested quality of advice or service offered to such a client or employer.

E3 shall not recommend or supply goods or services to employer or clients without first disclosing any financial interest in them.

E4 shall exercise professional skills with competence, care and attention.

E5 shall not invite or solicit applications for employment from an employee of a client without that client's prior consent (For this purpose a public advertisement is not considered to be an invitation to any particular person).

E6 in undertaking to provide services other than as an employee, shall state clearly to the client before giving the services, the terms of service and the basis or amount of charges.

E7 shall not accept professional work for personal benefit without due regard for the interest of any existing client or employer.

IN RELATION TO THE SOCIETY

The member

S1 shall not bring the society into disrepute.

S2 shall not, without sufficient authority, represent that views expressed constitute the views of the Society.

IN RELATION TO OTHERS

The member

O1 shall not set out to injure the professional reputation or practice of another person, and will conduct professional competition in a manner consistent with this.

O2 shall not infringe the rights of property of others by selling or using any property obtained or developed by the member during engagement or employment or otherwise.


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