Never before has the security and investigative industries faced so many legal threats to their ability to do business. It is expected that the 111th Congress, supported by privacy advocates and consumer and labor organizations, is set to introduce legislation that will curtail access to database information and call for the redaction of Social Security numbers and dates of birth on public records.
The American Bar Association has proposed Resolution 301 in response to state licensing of computer and digital forensic investigators. Choice Point has been acquired by Lexis-Nexis, leading to potential anti-competitive consequences. There is a proposed Model Private Investigator Act for consideration before the American Legislative Exchange Council and there are several studies by ASIS International relative to security issues and best practices.
But there is good news! A new voice for the investigative and security professions has been launched. A group of industry leaders, experienced in handling legislative and regulatory affairs for a number of respected professional organizations, have formed Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action (ISPLA) to fulfill a need at the federal level that has not been addressed until now by any national association. This bipartisan political action committee (PAC) creates a mechanism for individuals and professional associations to participate in lobbying and financially supporting qualified political candidates for office.
ISPLA will be asking Congress to review existing law and take a cautious approach to restricting access and other measures that may have a significant impact on the judicial system, law enforcement, and corporate America. We support the State licensing processes and encourage the enforcement of existing laws, regulations, standards, and restrictions governing access to and distribution of personal identifying information.
You are invited to play an integral role in ensuring that this profession is properly represented in Washington as we create a formidable political action committee to represent your interests. Join with other professional association leaders who are committed to coming on board to ensure that our professions’ interests are protected from ill-conceived legislation and burdensome regulations. Our annual dues are just $99.