Hello everyone and I appreciate the time you've taken to read this post.
I've recently parted ways with an employer. During my time there, I created tools to standardise how my department and the general business operated, reducing the time taken to complete daily tasks, maximising efficiency across multiple departments to reflect the changing needs of the business.
These forms are completely locked down, password protected and 128-bit encrypted.
I would like to clarify that it was not my duty as an employer to create any intellectual property, it wasn't written into my terms of employment, or my job description. I created these forms off my own back, out of necessity to make mine and other's life easier.
As I understand it, if I'm not employed to create intellectual property, but do so, then I should own it?
So to my actual question:
The company use these forms regularly and are now desperately after the passwords I used to create them, which I don't want to give them.
Am I legally obliged to give them the passwords?
What if I don't remember them; how can one be forced to give them up?
Appreciate any advice.