Tougher penalties for corporations who hire rogue PIs

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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

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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 […]

Private investigators, Criminals: What’s the difference?

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Something I find really disturbing is: despite the fact that the UK government has been caught out spying on their own citizens, their own allies, and just about anyone really, the press continue to ‘bleat on’ about criminal activity carried out by Private Investigators. You would think that they would have enough of a ‘bone […]

Black market in personal data is booming

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An undercover investigation into the illicit trade in personal information in Britain has revealed how easy it is for private investigators to obtain personal data illegally. A Channel 4 documentary to be aired tomorrow reveals that employees from two of Britain’s biggest companies unknowingly supplied confidential information to a private investigations firm. It is estimated […]

Police linked to PIs and crime gangs deleted records

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Police intelligence reports and details of operations were deleted by corrupt serving and former police officers, according to a secret report that has been passed to the Leveson Inquiry. The eight-page report by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) was written in 2008 and detailed how private investigators with links to crime gangs tried to […]