Requiring members to disclose something… legitimatizes it.
So if you create a Code of Ethics that requires inspectors to disclose compensation and consideration they receive when they release their client’s information to a third party, you in essence grant permission for inspectors to sell defect data to repair contractors, provided they make a disclosure.
I don’t fault members who on one hand complain that parts of our COE permit members to release client information to third parties under certain conditions while at the same time complaining that we don’t require the disclosure of the compensation or consideration received for doing so. You can only really discover this catch 22 by trying to get out of it. This is why I have recently encouraged members and groups of members to author their own Dream Code of Ethics. Such and exercise would help some members realize just how difficult it is for a COE to protect every consumer from everything.