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Q: Do private investigators have access to records not available to the general public?
A: YES. Licensed private investigators qualify for access to databases which are not available to
the general public. These services include data aggregators, California DMV records, CaliforniaDepartment of Industrial Relations records, insurance claims histories, and provide much morein-depth and detailed information than what is available on the internet and through retailinformation brokers.
Q: Will my information remain safe and confidential?
A: YES. All information given to a private investigator by a client, as well as information
obtained by the private investigator on the client's behalf, remains confidential, and passes only
between the investigator and client. There are exceptions to this rule such as if there are illegalactivities being witnessed, or if the investigator has reason to believe that someone involved inthe investigation (either the client, or the person being investigated) is a danger to themselvesor to others. The law that commands a private investigator to keep your informationconfidential is §7539 of the California Business & Professions Code. For more information onother California privacy laws, please visithttp://www.privacyrights.org/ar/callaw.htm.
Q: Will the person I am attempting to locate be notified?
. Your information and the reason for your locate investigation search will remain privatepursuant to §7539 of the California Business & Professions Code. Private investigators in
California have a legal obligation to keep client confidentiality, similar to that of a therapist,doctor, and attorney.
Q: Will the person under surveillance know that they are being watched?
A: A private investigator takes every precaution necessary to ensure that the target of an
investigation is unaware that they are being observed. If the person knows they are beingwatched, then the integrity of the investigation is compromised, as the person may not behavenormally. It can also risk the confidentiality of the client's information therefore alerting thetarget to the investigator's purpose is avoided if at all possible.
Q: What can I expect from a consult with a Private Investigator?
A: Most FREE consultations with a private investigator are about finding out what your options
are. Those options can help with making a more informed decision on how to take the nextstep. We know you have concerns about letting someone else in on your situation. So when youcontact a private investigator for the first time, whether over the phone or in person, there