Private Investigators: Privilege and Privacy Legislation

By Haywood Hunt & Associates Inc

Privilege & Privacy

Private investigators these days often work with legislators to help gather evidence for some cases; however, not all data can be legally used against fraudsters or to help bring forth justice. How so? Privilege and privacy legislation can come into play and render garnered data useless. We’ll talk more about this in detail below.

What Once Was

Back in the day, private investigators can simply dig and look for sensitive information whichever way they want or need to do. It is also not uncommon to see private investigators gather data by dumpster diving in movies, television shows, and even novels. No one questions how the information was obtained as long as the data can be verified as true. Once sensitive data comes to light, being able to sniff it out was just attributed to a private investigator’s trade secrets.

Times Have Changed

Nowadays, private investigators can still dig for case-specific data and other sensitive information; however, the issue of whether the data gathered is usable or can be brought up in legal proceedings depends on whether the information obtained went through the proper legislative and bureaucratic proceedings.

Yes, gone are the days when counsel can simply look the other way regarding a private investigator’s conduct. …read more

Source:: Private Invest