Confidentiality & Privacy
WAI Engineering adheres to a strict policy of Confidentiality and Privacy when it comes to the information obtained from and provided to its clients. Where required, WAI Engineering will enter into a Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement required by the client. Any information obtained is only ever used for the execution and completion of the works contracted.
WAI Engineering uses AutoCAD as the program to prepare engineering drawings for clients. Autodesk (the authors of AutoCAD) have recently introduced a new End User License Agreement that requires the license holder to agree to allow Autodesk or its agents to conduct an audit on the license holders computers to ensure that the software is being used in accordance with the terms of the license and that the software is in fact licensed. This audit may be conducted physically and/or electronically, and is not limited to verifying that the program itself is legitimate. It may extend to inspecting any part of a file produced by AutoCAD, and may include examining any or all files on the computer as part of the audit.
Information stored in any AutoCAD drawing files provided to WAI Engineering may be used by Autodesk or its agents to determine whether an unlicensed or pirated copy of AutoCAD has been used in the preparation of the drawing. As such, it is important that any AutoCAD drawing files provided are only worked on by duly licensed copies of AutoCAD.
Clearly, this would put WAI Engineering in breach of any Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement, but is a condition of the use of AutoCAD. As such, WAI Engineering cannot be held to have breached any Confidentiality Agreement or Non-Disclosure Agreement in the event that an audit is conducted by Autodesk or its agents on its computers, and no penalty of any sort can be applied to WAI Engineering. Further, WAI Engineering cannot be held liable for information that Autodesk may discover when examining AutoCAD drawing files provided by the client as to the legitimacy of the program used to create or modify those drawing files.
You can find out more about the AutoCAD End User License Agreement by visiting the Autodesk web site at www.autodesk.com.