FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning P&J Associates, Inc.--P974806
July 12, 1997
Secretary, Federal Trade Commission
Dear Federal Trade Secretary:
In response to the Commissions request for additional comments following the hearing 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 I support the proposition of self regulation.
The data that we regularly access and the 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 a of the problems they are faced with, to defend itself without looking to government for help. Further regulations would create additional barriers for us that today save lives, prevent 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 laws. To have the targets of our investigation able to browse around in our inquires and data, or opt out of the databases that are private and public would severely cripple our industry and freedom.
Privacy protection can be managed through our industries 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 government's help in enforcing the rules through the industries efforts.
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.
GARY SUMERACKI, CLI
1476 N. Alstott Drive, Howell, Michigan 48843-7817