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IT conflict-of-interest ?
A colleague posed a question to me this week that left me wondering about conflict-of-interest policies related to union leadership working within IT. The question was - do they exist?
The context - some IT positions have covert access to all employee files, emails, correspondence, etc. The nature of the job requires it. (Disclaimer - our IT staff are awesome and fully trustworthy - but the fact that they *can* do this makes some folks nervous. I find myself defending this need from time to time. )
The question - are these IT employees held to a different standard or degree of responsibility given the power they have? Are there policies or controls? Should they be actively involved with union negotiations, grievances, or other highly sensitive issues that traffic our infrastructure? What if we hire someone who takes advantage of these tools?
We have mechanisms in place to manage this here, but the question lingers. It makes me wonder what others are thinking or doing along these lines. IT staff have superpowers in this regard. And there is a 'who is watching the watchmen' theory that persists with some of our customers.
So, that's a long way of asking - what are others doing along these lines?
Brad Hinson********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.