Home Affairs Committee Report into Licensing
Regulation of Private Investigators
The Home Affairs Committee report into Private Investigators is now available from
The main recommendations are:
- Increased penalties for DPA section 55 offences. Confiscation orders where a person is convicted of data and privacy offences and the information has been sold for profit.
- s55 DPA criminal record to disqualify individuals from operating as private investigators.
- Minimum one year between retiring from the police force and working in private investigation.
- 'Private Investigator' should be a protected title - as in the case of 'social worker' - so that nobody can use the term to describe themselves without being subject to regulation. (A point suggested to the Committee by the Association of Fraud Investigators).
- a two tier system of licensing of private investigators and private investigation companies, and registration of in-house investigators working for regulated businesses such as solicitors and insurance companies.
- Code of conduct for investigators which would also apply to
sub-contracted and part-time investigators, and to in-house investigators.
- Government to consider cost benefit of granting increased access to prescribed data.
- Core of training regime to be knowledge of the yet to be written Code of Conduct and the legal constraints that govern the industry.
- Regime to be implemented by the end of 2013
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