How Far Can A PI (Private Investigator) Go? This story and more!

Eyes on the spies: how far can private investigators go? – A DOWNunder look at the Private Detectives profesion in Australia.

For all their snooping into other people’s business, most PIs are loath to have someone snooping around them. I’m told by one (who won’t give me his name) that I’ll be lucky to find anyone who’ll give me the time of day. Why? “The nature of the industry,” he says, evasively. I call another in Perth. He says he can’t talk. Why? “Legal reasons.” What legal reasons? He hangs up. Desperate, I reach for the phone book and call a private investigations company with the most respectable sounding name I can find, but the weary voice down the line from “Flingbusters” refuses to help.

Unlike Twitter, private investigators don’t send you alerts to let you know you’re being ­followed. If you’ve ever been off work due to an injury, or received compensation for a road accident, chances are you’ve been followed by one. So how far are PIs allowed to go in their covert surveillance of your life?

Actually, they have no more powers than you or me. They are not privileged to any information not legally obtainable by the public. Neither are they required to undertake professional development or show any real evidence of their competency. In fact, for around $1000 you could become a licensed private investigator in a couple of days. Simply complete a short course, take your certificate to the state police and receive your license.

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 District Attorney sued by Private Investigator!

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary E. Rain is being sued for $1,800 by a Canton private investigator who claims she failed to pay him for services rendered while she was a defense attorney in private practice….

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Private Investigator found guilty of violating laws protecting personal privacy.

“I DO not understand…..” declared the private detective working as a corporate investigator in China. This was his declaration to the court on August 8th when confronted with evidence of alleged wrongdoing. In the end, he and his wife, who is also his business partner, were found guilty of violating laws protecting personal privacy. Mr Humphrey was jailed for two-and-a-half years; his wife, for two.

The verdict did not come as a surprise. Even so it sent chills down the spines of investigators carrying out due diligence on prospective business partners. Life was never easy for such folk, given that information on such basic things as credit history and asset ownership is hard to verify in China. Now it will get harder still.

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~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

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Colorado Private Investgiators Licensing NOW MANDATORY!

Colorado’s Governor John Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 14-133 into law. on Friday,June 6, 2014.   This new law brings mandatory licensing to the State of Colorado.

The Colorado PI Licensing Law creates a mandatory requirement that every individual, who is conducting private investigations within the state of Colorado,  must obtain a PI license with a compliance date June 1, 2015.

This affects ALL individuals who conduct and form of work considered to be in the realm of private investigations, regardless of whether their practice is full time or part time. The law also affects individuals who primarily work in other areas but occasionally offer investigative services to their clients.

What Colorado Private Investigators Licensing does….

1. ALL Private Detectives will be required to submit to pass a fingerprint based background check

2. ALL PI’s will be required to pass a jurisprudence examination concerning the laws of  private investigations

3. ALL Private Investigators will obtain a surety bond

This new law brings about consumer protections, that have been missing in Colorado fro many years, back into the realm and establishes the industry of Private Investigations and Detectives as a recognized and responsible profession. There will now be a regulation ensuring that not just anyone can work in the industry, not just anyone can call them self a PI and those unscrupulous wanna be PI’s that have been ran out of other states won’t be able to prey on the innocent clients in Colorado any longer without repercussion.

I applaud the efforts of the PPIAC (Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado) In their unyielding efforts to bring PI licensing back to the great state of Colorado since the repeal of licensing in the 70s. The Professionals in this great organization have shown what it means to be a PI (Professional Investigator) and unselfishly protect the industry they are so proud to work in.

~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

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Heartache, Heartburn, Heart to Heart & HEARTBLEED

Private Investigators free tips to find out if you have been affected by Heartbleed

As a Colorado Private Investigator I deal with heartache, heartburn and heart to heart discussions on a regular basis. But dealing with Heartbleed is new to this PI. We have the ability to conduct many types of investigations and that includes Forensic Digital and Electronic Investigations.

Many times I get calls from clients wanting information on bug sweeps and counter surveillance measures including checking their computers, tablets, ipads and smart phones. These type of Electronic Forensic Sweeps can get quite costly, many times running over $1,000.00 a device. The time to conduct these investigations is extensive, the equipment is very costly, and a great deal of training goes into it. In most cases the device has to be sent into a lab as well which adds even more time. In most cases it is less expensive to replace the device or computer than to have it checked for bugs. Unless such suspicions as corporate espionage, internal leaks, etc. are suspected replaced is many times the cheaper alternative.

A newer threat to all of us comes in the way of Spyware, Malware and now these online security flaws such as Heartbleed. This latest attack doesn’t even affect, effect or infect your systems or devices. It is out there on the servers you use, gathering your confidential data, and compromising your life. It has been reported that Heartbleed has affected over 67% of the users on the internet to date.

Here are some less costly, in fact FREE, ways for you to conduct your own investigation on your accounts and see if you have been directly affected. Below are 3 websites that check your email address across multiple databases to see if it has been included from the Heartbleed attack. I was so pleased to find these and find that none of our email addresses had been affected. These are safe, all you do is put in your email address, no passwords, no account to set up, or anything intrusive. If you want you can sign up for free alerts with them as well.

Hopefully these help some folks out there, and save some folks a few dollars. I have seen Private Detective sites running “Specials” to check your email security against Heartbleed and all they do is run them on these sites, and of course charge you a mere $99, for what they got for free. Here are the sites

https://haveibeenpwned.com/
https://shouldichangemypassword.com/
https://pwnedlist.com/query

Enjoy, be safe, and have a great day.

~ John L. Morris

A Northern Colorado, licensed and insured, Greeley Private Investigator

Call today for your 100% FREE Private Investigator Consultation (970) 673-5719

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