Can a private investigator be sued for tailing someone?

What rights can private investigators claim in performing their job? Can a private investigator be sued for tailing someone?
The private investigation industry in Singapore is regulated by the Private Security Act (Chapter 250A), found on the Attorney-General’s Chambers website. To become a private investigator, one is required to apply for a licence with the Police Licensing & Regulatory Department (PLRD).According to the Act, a ‘private investigator’ (PI) means any individual who, for reward, carries out any of the following functions:

  • obtaining and giving information about any person;
  • searching for missing persons;
  • obtaining and giving information as to the cause and origin of or responsibility for any fire, libel, loss or accident or any damage to real or personal property;
  • obtaining and giving information as to the location or recovery of lost or stolen property; or
  • obtaining evidence to be used in any civil or criminal proceedings.”

Private investigators would be covered by the Act if they were tailing a person to perform any of the above functions listed in the Act. The Act also spells out other guidelines that PIs are subject to when doing their jobs. Do note that PIs would still need to follow the laws of the land when finding information and acquiring evidence.

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