FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning Langhammer & Associates, Inc.--P974806
Langhammer & Associates, Inc.
Adjusters License #2661891 Investigators License #11134
June 25, 1997
Secretary, Federal Trade Commission
RE: Support of Self Regulation
Dear Mr. Secretary:
In response to the Commission's 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 use in our reports to clients has a beneficial use and a 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 do 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 to us that today saves 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, 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 the 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 of the use of data. Privacy protection can be managed through our industrys self regulation, 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 the industrys 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.
John Langhammer, CPI
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