FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning EX-CEL Investigations--P974806
July 1, 1997
Secretary, Federal Trade Commission
Dear Mr. Secretary: Re: Support of Self Regulation
In response to the Commissions request for additional comments following the hearings held on June 10, 1997, I am a licensed private investigator and a regular user of public and non-public records (such as credit headers) and support the proposition of self regulation.
The data that we regularly access and use in our reports to clients has a beneficial use and need in society. It is important that a free flow of information be available to support commerce and our judicial system. It also allows the public, who does no have the resources to manage all of the problems they are faced with, to defend itself without looking to government for help. Further, regulation would create additional barriers to us that today saves lives, prevents fraud, and bring families together.
We are required to keep the information confidential and maintain a high degree of accuracy in our reports due to law and the test of the courts and market place. To have the targets of our investigations able to browse around in our inquiries and data, or opt out of databases that are private and public would be the death of our industry and freedom. The prevention of wrong doing and protection of fraud are real tests for the use of data.
Privacy protection can be managed through our industries; self regulation of uses and distribution. Our industry had stated a willingness and desire to self regulate. This industry must have the opportunity to self regulate and welcomes the governments help in enforcing the rules, through our efforts and the industries associations.
I ask that you support self regulation and work with the industry to successfully bring about policies and procedures that we can all live within a free society.
Very truly yours,
Claude E. Lavaron
Claude E. Lavaron, III, CLI
3350 ULMERTON ROAD EAST, SUITE 2 · CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 34622