Our software audits are to be distinguished from those of the partner companies of the software manufacturers – such as the SAM partners. In our view, software producer’s main goal is generating software revenues. Therefore, the cooperation between an auditor and the software manufacturer can harm its objectivity and neutrality.
Advantages of Independent Auditors
An auditor appointed by the righs tholder is usually not independent. The software producer is his client. He decides on the future commission of the auditor. It therefore seems conceivable that the righs tholder could refrain from a commissioning future assignments, if it does not lead to the desired results. In this respect, it seems advisable to have license audits carried out by independent auditors.
It is all about Facts
We take part in negotiations with the software producers and large account resellers on behalf of our clients. In doing so, we explain the situation examined by us and represent an objective, purely fact-based position.
The German Association for Data Protection is not dependent on the software producer. We always offer our license audits to everyone – independently and impartially. We maintain our independence by not accepting any audit orders from the rights holders.