IDFPR Statement on Computer Forensics


The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) released a statement confirming that persons or firms practicing computer forensics do not need a Private Detective License.

The IDFPR states:

“The definition of ‘private detective’ can be interpreted to include computer forensic investigations. However, the Department recognizes that some persons or firms solely engaged in the practice of computer forensics that do not practice ‘traditional’ private detective services have not acquired the statutorily required experience to qualify for a license as a private detective. Requiring them to obtain such experience would effectively put them out of business. When the [Private Detective, Private Alarm, Private Security, Fingerprint Vendor, and Locksmith Act of 2004] was written, computer forensics was not contemplated. Technology has simply moved ahead of the statutory language.

In fairness to the persons and firms currently engaging in the practice of computer forensics, to consumers desiring these services, and to the public, the Department will not require such persons or firms to obtain a private detective or private agency license to lawfully operate in the State of Illinois until such time as the legislature can consier and pass amendatory language to the Act to address this issue”

Forensicon is proud to have its Private Detective License in the State of Michigan, where firms engaged in computer forensics are required to hold a private detective license and will obtain its license in Illinois once a path to do so has been determined by the IDFPR.

Download a PDF of the IDFPR Statement.


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