The Privacy Of Garbage
Here's a very interesting article by Dr. Ronald B. Standler, attorney in Massachusetts and consultant.
Dumpster diving becomes illegal in Missouri Valley
Here's an article from the Missouri Valley Times News, by Peter Graham, editor, that discusses Resolution 06-10, "A Resolution Making it a Simple Misdemeanor to get into a Dumpster that Doesn't Belong to You or Your Business."
Layton Outlaws Dumpster Diving
Here's an article at ksl.com that discusses Layton, Utah's new law meant to help prevent identity theft. The law does
not apply to police, owners of dumpsters, or trash collectors.
Dumpster Diving Lawsuit
Here is some information about a lawsuit: Surface Shields v. Poly-Tak, (Northern District of Illinois, Judge Bucklo) and a lawyer named
David J. Fish who won a multi-million dollar dumpster diving lawsuit for his client.
Keep abreast of the latest dumpster diving news and network with dumpster divers.
Many private investigators and others wonder if dumpster diving is legal. While it may be legal under certain circumstances, it is always wise to
check with lawyer in your specific area to find out what the laws are. There are many areas that have laws that specifically prohibit dumpster diving. Sometimes, it may be ok for the police
to use dumpster diving. While the California v. Greenwood U.S. Supreme Court case held that there is no common law expectation of privacy for discarded materials, there are
specific state and local ordinances in many areas that prohibit dumpster diving. Dumpster Diving in England and Wales may constitute theft under the Theft Act 1968, or as common-law theft in Scotland. Now some
private investigators may be wondering whether or not it is ok to retrieve someone's telephone records from a trash can and then sell those records
to someone else. It is definitely wise to check with an attorney about this due to civil litigation concerns. Remember, though, even if you
win a lawsuit, you still have to pay to defend yourself in court! Also, with identity theft becoming more and more prevalent, it is reasonable
to expect that there will soon be more legislation concerning using this practice to obtain peoples' credit card statements and other such financial information.
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