Tougher penalties for corporations who hire rogue PIs


The Information Commissioner (IC), Christopher Graham, is seeking unlimited fines for companies that are discovered breaching privacy laws. A recent article in the Independent newspaper states: “small penalties and ‘good lawyers’ make current law a poor deterrent for blue chips”. Are the suggested fines truly going to be unlimited – perhaps to the point of […]

Information Commissioner briefs Home Affairs Select Committee on PI investigation


On the 8th October 2013, the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the ICO’s investigation into possible breaches of the Data Protection Act by clients of a group of rogue private investigators. The further evidence provided by the Commissioner followed a letter which Mr Graham had sent […]

Seminar: Regulation of UK Private Investigations Industry

The Home Affairs Committee would like to invite you to a seminar on Monday 14 May, 11 am to 1 pm at the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London, SW1A 2LW, United Kingdom – as part of its inquiry into Private Investigators. There will a key-note speech from Richard Thomas, the former Information Commissioner, followed by […]

DPA – necessary evil or fraudster’s charter?

Many private investigators view the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) as a charter for debtors, fraudsters and those who are dedicated to the pursuit of dishonesty; as well as an overzealous tool which prevents them from doing their job. On the other hand, there are people and organisations that view private investigators requiring access to […]