FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning Acta Investigations, Inc.--P974806
Acta Investigations, Inc.
July 7, 1997
Chairman, Federal Trade Commission
Re: Support of Self Regulation
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In response to the Commissions request for additional comments following the hearings held June 10, 1997, as a licensed private investigator in the State of Texas, I 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 with which it is faced to defend itself without looking to government for help. Further, regulation would create additional barriers to use that today save lives, prevents fraud and brings 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 marketplace. To have the targets of our investigations able to browse around in our inquiries and data, or to opt out of databases that are private and public, would be the death of our industry and freedom. The prevention of wrongdoing and fraud are real tests of the use of data. Privacy protection can be managed throughout the industry's 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.
Letter to Chairman, Federal Trade Commission, July 7, 1997, Page 2 of 2 Pages