FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning ION Incorporated--P974806
June 26, 1997
Secretary, Federal Trade Commission
Re: Support of Self Regulation
Dear Mr. Secretary:
As a former insurance adjuster and member of the investigative community for the past thirty-three years, I offer my comments as requested by the Commission following the hearings of June 10, 1997. I have been a regular user of public and non-public records, such as credit headers, throughout my career and am aware of the need for responsibility in their use.
Access to public records and the free flow of information is what distinguishes a free society from those generally referred to as totalitarian. While the interests of individuals must be protected by proper enforcement of existing laws, individuals are part of society and society must be protected by the free flow of information.
Much progress has been made toward self regulation by the private investigation industry over the past ten years, and I believe the National Council of Investigation and Security Services has the capability of forwarding self regulation as needed to protect individuals and society. I ask that you support self regulation and work with investigative industry to successfully bring about policies and procedures we can all live with in our free society.
L. E. Cook
Leroy E. Cook, CLI, CPP, CFE
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