FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning John W. Palich Investigations--P974806
JOHN W. PALICH Investigations
July 7, 1997
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
RE: Support of Self Regulation
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In response to the Commission's request for additional comments following the hearings held June 10, 1997, I, as a licensed private investigator, am a regular user of public and non-public records (such as credit headers) and support the proposition of self regulation.
The data 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 not 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 in a system which today saves lives, prevents fraud and brings families together.
We are required to keep information confidential and maintain a high degree of accuracy in our reports due to law and test of courts and marketplace. To have the targets of our investigations able to browse around in our inquires and data, or opt out of databases that are private and public would be the death of our industry and freedom. The prevention and detection of fraud are real tests of the use of data.
Privacy protection can be managed through our industrys self-regulation of uses and distribution. Our industry has 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 industrys 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 with in a free society.
John W. Palich
John W. Palich