Covert Investigations

The Birmingham Post (England), July 8, 2010 | Go to article overview

Covert Investigations


Byline: DAVID KEARNS

Within the workplace there is often the need to utilise the resources of covert investigations but clients are often unaware of the legal position of doing so. Expert Investigations utilise a whole range of proactive and reactive covert resources and over the last 10 years our integrity has never been questioned regarding legalities or procedure.

On a daily basis our teams of surveillance and observations officers will be following or watching employees within small, medium and large companies and within local authorities or Government sectors and at no time will any laws be breached.

We will take possession of company computers and mobile phones and retrieve deleted data. We will conduct background and financial checks on individuals and companies and we will place covert tracking devices on vehicles or in assets all in accordance with the law. When an employee is identified, investigated and proven to be at fault, there is no defence to having 'infringed somebody's human rights if investigations are conducted lawfully by clients.

The legal position varies slightly from private to public sector. Public sector is regulated by the Regulatory Investigatory Powers at Work Act (RIPA) and the Human Rights Act and these dictate that an authorised officer within the organisation gives consent for covert investigations.

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