With GDPR now in full swing, protecting people's data has never been so important. Sentry Investigations Ltd takes the Data Protection Act very seriously and as such we ensure our data handling procedures are compliant with current regulations.
Private investigators handle personal and sensitive data on a regular basis purely due to the nature of the job. As full members of the Association of the British Investigators, we are forever reminded of the importance of handling data correctly and we are required to regularly undertake refresher training on the subject.
To remain compliant with GDPR requirements we ensure a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is satisfactorily completed prior to any and all investigations. All personal data is distributed via secure encrypted means and is stored electronically with password protections. All subject data is held for as long as necessary but no longer than two years. For auditing purposes, records of data are held electronically with password protection, and any subject's personal data within the record is destroyed as and when necessary. Data destruction certificates are completed by any and all data processors upon deletion of any held personal data. These mentioned data handling procedures must be carried out as standard practice for any and all investigations that involve a data subject. If these practices not be carried by your chosen investigator, the level of professionalism and legitimacy should come into question. If legal proceedings come into play and these records are not available, the data controller (the client or the investigator) could be held liable for a data breach under the data protection act.
Protection of personal data has become a very hot topic for all the wrong reasons. GDPR came into force purely because of the misuse of people's personal data, which is why it is so important to conduct your own due diligence when involving yourself with investigative services carried out by private investigators. When you instruct a cowboy builder, you may end up with some shoddy workmanship in your kitchen... When you instruct a cowboy investigator, you may end up in court and slapped with a huge fine. Investigators who are members of the Association of British Investigators (ABI) are trained in the data handling, and we ensure our procedures are GDPR compliant which should minimise any level of doubt that you as the client may be having. When instructing an ABI member, your due diligence is already taken care of.
Please feel free to download and view our Data Protection Policy and supporting documents.