Private Investigators Cambridgeshire and Ely: It’s not uncommon for private investigators to be asked to perform illegal activities. There’s not normally malicious intent on the part of the person asking, more a lack of legal knowledge on their part.
Due to popular media portrays of PI’s in TV and movies, investigators frequently get enquiries about tapping phones, bugging handbags and hacking email accounts. In certain circumstances, some of these things are perfectly legal – with the consent of the bill payer, handbag owner etc. In fact, a lot of things (within reason) are legal with appropriate consent.
However, a private investigator is never given this consent. If a person consents to intrusive surveillance, such as in the handbag bugging example, then they’re aware of the bug. If they’re aware of the bug there’s no chance of obtaining any useful information, thereby rendering the whole exercise pointless.
Outside of illegal activity, there are other things a private investigator can’t do. As a general rule they can’t access DVLA or Passport records They can’t view your bank account information (without consent) and they can’t spy on you in your own home (again, without consent).
Investigators must obtain information from the myriad of legal sources that exist both online and in dusty archive rooms across the country.