FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning Floyd E. Purvis & Associates--P974806
July 8, 1997
Facsimile Transmission To (202) 326-2396
Chairman of Federal Trade Commission
RE:Support of Self-Regulation
I am a licensed private investigator and am a regular user of public and non-public records (such as credit headers) and support the proposition of self-regulation.
My clients are businesses who use my services for applicant background inquiries, due diligence checks and internal fraud. Most of my clients are small companies who do not have the resources to establish in-house service for these needs.
The data I access and use in my reports to my clients serve a beneficial need and preclude them from relying on overburdened government agencies. Further, I must keep these data confidential and the test of the law, marketplace and courts, ensure that I must maintain 100% accuracy in my reporting.
To enable the subjects of our inquiry to opt out of databases which are both public and private would ensure that the very persons we are attempting to identify would win by default! The prevention of wrongdoing are the real tests of the use of these data!
Privacy protection can be managed through our industry's self-regulation of uses and distribution. Our industry has stated a willingness and desire to participate in this control.
I ask that you support us in this and aid in bringing about policies and procedures that all elements of a free society can live with.
Floyd E. Purvis
Floyd E. Purvis, CPP
Floyd E. Purvis & Associates
16135 Preston Road, Suite 113, Dallas, Texas 75248-3557 · Post Office Box 795309, Dallas, Texas 75379-5309