Representatives of Investigative and Security Professionals for Legislative Action (ISPLA) and the Professional Investigators of California (PICA) took part in the Federal Trade Commission’s public roundtable discussion on Evolving Consumer Privacy Issues today in Berkeley, CA.
The first roundtable discussions in this series was on December 7th in Washington, D.C. with the focus on exploring the privacy challenges posed by the vast array of 21st century technology and business practices that collect and use consumer data, including those of professional investigators. ISPLA provided the profession’s position regarding the legitimate need for continued access to information by professional investigators.
The roundtable discussions will consider the risks and benefits of information collection and use in online and offline contexts, consumer expectations surrounding various information management practices, and the adequacy of existing legal and self-regulatory controls to address privacy interests. Roundtable participants will include stakeholders representing a wide range of views and experiences. The participation of the investigation industry is critical to counter-balance the legitimate concerns of privacy advocates and other industry forces.
ISPLA and their state level partner PICA are concerned with the prospect of additional regulations and laws that limit the legitimate use of consumer information. ISPLA’s participation, at the behest of the FTC, reflects on the association’s reputation among regulators and legislators as a significant and reasoned voice for the industry.
The mission of ISPLA is to monitor and identify critical legislative and regulatory issues in order to provide a forum for debate and discussion within the investigative and security professions and to serve as an advocate for these professions. To find out more about ISPLA and how you can support your profession go to www.ispla.org.
PICA’s founding was based on the premise the professional private investigators are an integral part of the state’s legal system. They seek recognition by demonstrating to legislators and regulators the critical role licensed private investigators fill for the consumer and corporate interests in California. To find out how to support the efforts of PICA visit their website at www.pica-association.org.