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Personal injury: Surveillance, private investigators and licences

Following the publication of the Government response to the Home Office Select Committee 4th report into the work of private investigators in July, from autumn 2014 private investigators will need a license to operate. The Security Industry Authority will authorise applicants who have undergone training and obtained a government-approved qualification. Identity and criminal conviction checks will also be carried out. The report suggested a number of recommendations to deter private investigators from breaching data protection laws. The Committee advised that whilst full-time private investigators should be “licensed”, companies undertaking some in-house investigation work which are already subject to regulations, such as lawyers and insurers, should be “registered”. A new Code of Conduct was also proposed.

For further information please contact Fiona James, Director, Professional Support Lawyer on 0191 233 5220


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