I am wondering if there is a word or phrase encompassing the concept for something that is not a problem, until it becomes a problem.
- Hiring a spouse to work for your company is not a problem, until someone doesn't like them (making it a problem).
- Politicians taking money from individuals is not a problem, until they take money from the "wrong" people (making it a problem).
- Copying someone's work is not a problem in and of itself, until the person is affected.
The most relevant concepts that I can think of :
- Conflicts of interest