FTC: Consumer Privacy Comments Concerning Management Protection Services--P974806
July 14, 1997
Secretary Federal Trade Commission
Dear Mr. Secretary:
In response to the Commission's request for additional comments following the hearings held June 10, 1997, I Robert E. Duso, as the President of a licensed private detective agency am a regular user of public and non-public record and support the proposition of self regulation.
The data that 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 do not have the resources to manage all problems they are faced with, to defend themselves without looking to government for help. Further, regulation would create additional barriers to us that today save lives, prevent fraud and bring families together.
We are required to keep 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 opt out of databases that are private and public, would be the death of our industry and freedom. The prevention of wrongdoing and protection of fraud are real tests' of the tests of data.
Privacy protection can be managed through our industry's self-regulation of uses and distribution. our industry as stated a willingness and desire to self-regulate.
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.
Robert E. Duso Jr.
Robert E. Duso Jr.
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