Private Investigators – Sensitive Data

A Channel 4 Dispatches programme aired on Monday 15th May 2012, showed material from a yearlong undercover investigation into two Private Investigations Companies.  The programme provided details of an undercover reporter paying individuals for personal data, such as, bank statements, medical records, national insurance numbers and information from Government Agency databases, and of criminal convictions, as well as itemised billings of mobile phones.

Click here for a link to the programme ‘Watching the Detectives’

A summary of the programme was reported in the Guardian on line on the 12 May 2012 click here to read that report.

The Leveson Inquiry, into ‘phone hacking’ and the conduct of those concerned has taken evidence from the President of the Association of British Investigators (ABI) Tony Imossi; this Association is endorsed by The Law Society.  The Parliamentary Home Affairs Select Committee has also taken evidence in order for the government to make future decisions in respect of the possible licensing of investigations.

If you are thinking of hiring a Private Investigator you should do all you can to check out the Company.  Swiss-Tec Investigations recommend that you research the following:-

  • What experience and professionalism do the Investigators have?  Is this information easy to find on their ‘about us’ page?
  • Is the Company Registered and are the directors’ members of reputable Professional bodies?
  • Is the Company Registered with The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and do they state they will comply with data protection legislation?
  • Does the Company have Professional Indemnity Insurance cover?

Swiss-Tec Investigations do all of these things, in order to provide you with a professional, reliable and discreet service and for your peace of mind.

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