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Private Security Industry Act 2001

Private investigators

25.Paragraph 4(1) defines the activities covered as surveillance, inquiries or investigations carried out for the purpose of obtaining information about a person or about a person’s activities or whereabouts. Under Paragraph 4(2)-(10) the following activities are excluded:

  • market research activities;

  • activities exclusively concerned with a credit check;

  • the professional activities of practising solicitors and barristers;

  • the professional activities of practising accountants

  • the professional activities of journalists and broadcasters;

  • activities relating to reference to registers which are open to the public; registers or records to which a person has a right of access; and published works;

  • activities carried out with the knowledge or consent of the subject of the investigation;

  • activities of a person which are incidental to those of a security operative.

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