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Friday, July 28th

New American Drug Pushers Registry


Minnesota follows Tennessee and Illinois and creates a public regsitry of meth offenders. Residents will eb able to access online lists of the drug's pushers and addicts in their area.

The United States is alreayd famous for its "Megan's law" which makes states publish a publically accessable registry of sex offenders to warn residents about sex offenders in their area. Now three states have also published a "meth registry". The regsitry will include details of people convicted of making, transporting and selling the illegal methamphetamine drug.

This comes at a time when the UK government is under pressure to set up its own similar sex offenders regsitry, though they are being pressured to learn from the mistakes of the U.S. system. Many british citizens and campaigners will be following the success and failures of this new "meth registry" to reinforce their stance in future debates.

Thanks for reading,
Andy
Andy on 07.28.06 @ 03:44 PM CST [link]

Saturday, July 15th

UK Private Investigator Blog - "Privacy of data and the Law"


Hi,

The information commissioner (the guy in charge of making sure the information on UK citizens is used correctly) is taking a very tough stance on those people who try to trick or con government workers or businesses into providing information on citizens that should be kept private. He recommends a 2 yr sentence for people convicted of obtaining information unlawfully, as this reflects the seriousness of the crime. Though he also states "it would be for the court to decide on the appropriate punishment in particular circumstances of each case". There are avenues open for the lawful and correct acquisition of information if you need it for a lawful purpose, and these should be used.

The UK private investigator associations tend to agree with him, although there are views that prisons should be filled with criminals who commit violent crimes against innocent people, and not with private investigators who have accidentally strayed over the line while attempting to track down debtors and offenders.

Personally, I agree with the information commissioner's view that personal data stored by businesses and governments should only be disclosed when there is a lawful need to do so. I also agree that there are certainly worst crimes out there and the 2 year sentence seems to be a bit harsh.

It just goes to show, that if you're trying to locate someone yourself and you're not a qualified investigator you could find yourself committing crimes that you were unaware were crimes. And ignorance is no excuse. I recommend you hire a professional investigator to locate them for you, it'll be cheaper than 2 years in prison!

Thanks,
Andy
Andy on 07.15.06 @ 09:00 AM CST [link]

Saturday, July 1st

Private Investigator Vs Journalist


Hi,

When's an investigator not an investigator?

... When he's a journalist.

It was pointed out in one of the private investigation industry's magazines this week that in the UK, private investigators will need to be licensed to carr out investigations, but journalists will not! A journalist and an investigator often carry out very similar assignments to investigate a case, the difference being that a private investigator reports to a client and the journalist writes a story.

The fact that journalists will not have to be licensed, or "investigative journalists" won't be licensed is a testiment to how powerful the media is! It's also known that more journalists get into trouble in courts for breaking the law on investigations than private investigators do! So shouldn't they need more licensing???

That's somethign for the government to mull over...

Andy


Andy on 07.01.06 @ 06:39 AM CST [link]