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ICO to target private investigators in data protection probe

Data protection experts are to look into the activities of private investigators in a bid to work out whether they are breaching strict laws on the protection of confidential information.

ICO to carry out examinations

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced it is to carry out an examination of those in the industry and remove any elements that may contravene the Data Protection Act.

Information commissioner Christopher Graham said: “By shining a light into the darkest corners of the private investigation industry we are aiming to root out any criminal elements that continue to cause public concern and blight [its] professional reputation.”

Attention has turned to the industry in the aftermath of both the Leveson Inquiry and the Home Affairs Select Committee.

The ICO is hoping to establish whether there is a widespread problem affecting people around the UK, who could be vulnerable to confidential information being taken from them as a result of illegal methods.

Source: The Chartered Institute for IT

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