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Competative Intelligence Update September 2013

Posted by Bill on October 8, 2013

One of the most popular sites for many investigators, attorneys and researchers is Sabrina I. Pacifici’s fantastic Competitive Intelligence site. See Competitive Intelligence Guide – Updated as of September 2013.

Sabrina I. Pacifici is Founder, Editor, Publisher of LLRX.Com; (established in 1996), the free web journal consistently recognized as a publisher of comprehensive, meticulously documented, non-partisan guides and content-rich resources, commentary and actionable information on Internet research and web-related current awareness issues invaluable to legal, academic, corporate, government and public interest researchers. LLRX  is a great site to keep up with all the latest in legal and technology resources.

Good reading and keep investigating and pay no attention to the forced WordPress Ads that pop up.

Bill Lowrance
Lowrance Law LLC
Attorney, Investigator and Legal Consultant

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Competitive Intelligence & Internet Research-Update

Posted by Bill on May 5, 2011

Well, Sabrina I. Pacifici did another amazing job of updating her Competitive Intelligence resource at  Competitive Intelligence. If you want to have one resource that assists you in conducting thorough research, this site is for you. Sabrina is founder and solo Editor, Publisher of LLRX.com, a valuable site for research and resources. Check it out. Sabrina updated her guide in March of this year. The guide is a valuable resource for researching everything and anything. Private investigators, attorneys, researchers and the general public will find the guide a very useful tool.

The site has every type of search engine, people tracking resources, business resources and resources for search news, TV and radio news transcripts.

My one word explanation —- Wow!

Bill Lowrance
Attorney, private investigator, legal consultant
www.lowrancelaw.com

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New and Revised Competitive Intelligence Resources–2009

Posted by Bill on October 19, 2009

From Be Spacific, news about Sabrina I. Pacifici’s “Competitive Intelligence – A Selective Resource Guide – Updated and Revised October 2009” research “master tool” to learn about companies, people and other things via free/lowcosts Internet sites. This is the “best of list” of the Internet. Great links, great research tools. See LLRX CIGuide 

Great investigative resource. Check it out.

Bill Lowrance

Lowrance Law LLC and Information Insights Inc

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100 Top Websites For Everything

Posted by Bill on October 6, 2008

 Great organized information resource from PC World.  If you want to know something, learn about something, find people, search public records or almost anything informational check out this good resource.  Click Here

Bill Lowrance www.lowrancelaw.com

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US Federal Courts Redact Information

Posted by Bill on September 1, 2008

From The Third Branch Newsletter of the Federal Courts:
Read whole story:  Click Here

To protect the privacy of litigants, the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure require that certain personal data identifiers be modified or partially redacted from federal court case files. These identifiers are Social Security numbers, dates of birth, financial account numbers, and names of minor children, and in criminal cases, also home addresses.

But redaction, once a matter of drawing a heavy black line through the words on paper, has changed with the electronic filing of documents. A black bar drawn over the text is no longer enough to block it from view. In an electronic file, the obscured text still lurks beneath the highlighter box and can be readily recalled. The text is hidden, not excised.

Attorneys filing pleadings recently in a Connecticut case learned that lesson the hard way. They created black boxes to cover text they wished to redact. Unfortunately, simply pasting the text into a Word file revealed the hidden information. Changing the text color to white so it disappears against the white screen/paper is similarly ineffective.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA, www.piava.org

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RSS Feeds From Europe

Posted by Bill on March 24, 2008

europe.jpg  The European Journalism Centre provides RSS feeds from over 300 European news sources.  Many private investigation and private security companies must keep up with current events worldwide to provide security information to international clients.  At the site you will see various flags. Click on the flag to bring up the different news sources for headlines and stories.  Some are in English, some not. Click EUFeeds Here

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

Information Insights Inc.

McLean, VA

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Census Abstract–Great Collection for Research

Posted by Bill on January 14, 2008

censusbag2-lo.jpg  The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  This is a guide to sources of more information than you want, but there is a lot of good criminal, court, prosecutions and other law enforcement/investigative information.  Check it out Census Data

Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations.

For example see below:

Authorized Intercepts of Communications–Summary 1980 to 2006
U.S. Supreme Court–Cases Filed and Disposition: 1980 to 2005 
Federal Prosecutions of Public Corruption: 1980 to 2005 
U.S. District Courts–Offenders Convicted and Sentenced to Prison and Length of Sentence: 2000 and 2004
Suspects in Criminal Matters Investigated by U. S. Attorneys by Offense: 1994 to 2004

Bill Lowrance
President PIAVA

president at piava dot org

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Swell Tips For You!

Posted by Bill on December 14, 2007

Cell   Follow up to the GPS post and knowing where you are, what about where you go?

Using your cell phone to call 411 is a strange experience depending upon your carrier.  Check out GOOGLE 411.  It is swell, but primarily for business look-ups.  Google 411, and it is free. 

From Google:

Search for businesses by name or category. Can’t stand typing? GOOG-411 will understand your voice and find the business you’re looking for. Search by name (“Giovanni’s pizza”) or category (“Pizza”).

Connect to the business directly, free of charge. No need to write down a note or memorize long phone numbers. GOOG-411 connects you, free of charge.

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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20 Ways To Protect From ID Theft

Posted by Bill on December 10, 2007

I ran across a Blog listing 20 ways to protect yourself from ID Theft.  Read good points:

20 Amazing-Ways

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Background Investigations–Cheap, Legal?

Posted by Bill on November 24, 2007

Background Investigations Cheap 

I wrote about national criminal background record checks a few posts back, and how there is no easy, single computer “national criminal records” check.  But what about general background investigations?  Is there an easy, single computer method to conduct a background investigation?  The answer is no!  There are many types of background investigations, some very sophisticated and costly, some very simple and cheap.  Today, many employers, parents and dating partners conduct a simple, essentially free, background investigation using search engines like Google and Yahoo.  These background checks are cheap and easy.  But, do they serve your purpose?  If you are “googling” a person, you are using information supplied by them.  Is this information accurate?  Are the results of your search accurate?  The higher level of trust you have in someone should govern the level of your background investigation.  Computer research for background investigations is a starting point only.  Information should be verified through third party sources.  Public records should be reserched and actual files reviewed.  If knowing about the background of a person is important to you, go to a professional investigator to have a background investigation done. 

Legal

There are legal aspects of doing a background investigation that everyone should know.  Some investigative techniques may violate federal or state laws.  We are not giving legal advice here, but consider how you get your information.  Several federal laws govern obtaining financial, consumer, computer or telephone records.  Various state laws may apply to other situations making some methods to gather information illegal.  Federal laws passed over the last few years make it a crime to use a pretext or false or deceptive methods to gather financial information, telephone records, collect debts and consumer information.  It is a federal offense to get someones telephone records from a telecommunications company by pretending to be someone else or use an fraudulent tactics—  “Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act.”  The “Gramm-Leach Bliley Act” prohibits the use of false or fraudulent statements or documents to get customer information from a financial institution or directly from the customer—a felony folks.  The “Fair Credit Reporting Act” prohibits individuals from “knowingly and willfully” obtaining information about a “consumer” from a “consumer-reporting agency” under false pretenses.  The “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act” prohibits debt collectors from obtaining consumer debt information or collecting or attempting to collect a debt using false or deceptive methods.  The “Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” prohibits someone from accessing a computer without authorization.  Virginia state laws also prohibit accessing computers, but I will save this for a later post.

So, if you do your own background investigations, keep in mind the legal aspects above.  Professional investigators should know the legalities of the information collection law. 

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president at piava.org

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