Depending on your perspective, technology has either greatly helped or hindered the private investigation industry. There’s no doubt that technology has reshaped the way we collect and disseminate knowledge, and the majority of our actions are memorialized in digital form, somewhere, somehow. And that, of course, may spell pay dirt for the private investigator looking for rock-solid evidence.
On the other, however, data may not be as readily available as we may think, thereby making the process of finding and collecting evidence more difficult than ever.
Technology helps private investigator gather information
Most lifestyles today involve the use of technology. In fact, the vast majority of people incorporate modern technology into their lives on a daily basis.
For example, people conduct more of their lives online than ever before. We pay our bills online; we communicate with others online and through email; and we update friends and family of our activities, interests, and actions on a near-daily basis through social media. The more we continue to live our lives online, the deeper or more extensive our digital footprint. And that’s always good news for private investigators.
Beyond what we choose to do, more public records are now available in digital format, making the process of finding a wealth of information about anyone as simple as a Google search on a public records database. From criminal records to court filings to cell phone numbers and tax information, gathering information on people has become quite easy to do.
Technology makes it more difficult for investigators to gather information
Just as technology has created a digital, online society, a number of new laws and regulations have made accessing data more difficult. Privacy laws, in particular, have been passed in recent years, thereby making the process of finding information about an individual’s credit score or health information nearly impossible. Stricter privacy laws and data breach laws are now governing the availability of personal information, thereby making the job of a private investigator more challenging.