Obtaining & Handling Information
Inadvertently Obtaining Information
The EPACA Code of Conduct is very clear insofar as that you cannot obtain information by dishonest means but situations might arise where you inadvertently obtain information you were not privy to.
The two examples below can provide a guide on how to handle information.
Overhearing a Conversation
You might overhear a conversation you were in no ways part of. The best solution would be to move away to avoid hearing any further details and breach the Code. If you cannot move away, you should declare your interest. You should not use this information in your professional capacity.
Seeing a Document
During a meeting you might inadvertently see a document that is relevant for one of your clients. You were invited to the office in full confidence and have to behave ethically and under no circumstances use this information.