Ethics Case Study – 1

Nikhil, a data analyst for a major casino, is working after normal business hours to finish an important project. He realizes that he is missing data that had been sent to his co-worker Harish. Nikhil had inadvertently observed Harish typing his password several days ago and decides to log into Harish’s computer and resend the data to himself. Upon doing so, Nikhil sees an open email regarding gambling bets Harish placed over the last several days with a local sports book. All employees of the casino are forbidden to engage in gambling activities to avoid any hint of conflict of interest.

Nikhil knows he should report this but would have to admit to violating the company’s information technology regulations by logging into Harish’s computer. If he warns Harish to stop his betting, he would also have to reveal the source of his information.

  1. What should Nikhil do in this situation?
  2. If you were in this situation what would you do?

15 marks / 200 words.

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