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Data protection agency gets more teeth

In an article in Your Witness magazine in March, private investigator Peter Heims wrote scathingly of the effect of the Data Protection Act on the ability of creditors and tracing agents to track down debt evaders.

In the article Peter Heims wrote: “Recent changes in the law have severely restricted tracers’ access to legitimate sources for tracking down debtors. Tracing agents have been under pressure over the past few years, facing tighter controls over what they are allowed to do to find debtors. One of the biggest blows to the industry was the Data Protection Act 1998 or, as it is known by creditors and tracers alike, ‘the debtor’s charter’.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:13

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Private investigators cleared in da Vinci case

Two private investigators from Lancashire were cleared of a conspiracy to extort £4.25m from the estate of the Duke of Buccleuch for the return of the Leonardo da Vinci painting The Madonna of the Yarnwinder.

The verdicts of ‘not proven’ against Robert Graham and John Doyle followed a trial in Scotland which “should never have gone to court”, according to Robert Graham.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:13

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