Testimony prepared for presentation before hearings of the Privacy Protection Study Commission, Washington, D.C., January 26, 1977. Discusses in general the nature, extent and problems of the private security industry. Given the nature and extent of current regulation of the industry, a series of statutory and policy guidelines are offered to improve the industry's effectiveness and to reduce the seriousness and prevalence of its problems without threatening its financial viability. Particular attention is paid to two privacy-related issues: the regulation of access by private investigators to police records, and the regulation of third-party questioning by private security firms in investigations for employers, insurance companies, and credit bureaus.
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