[funsec] I suppose it is a fake thing or a misunderstanding :?

Larry Seltzer larry at larryseltzer.com
Wed Jul 2 13:03:46 CDT 2008


Actually, I do think the text below could be construed for normal
repair. 

See (a)(1)(D)

... engages in the business of obtaining or
furnishing, or accepts employment to obtain or furnish, information
related to:... the cause or responsibility for ... damage ... to a
person or to property;

My computer is damaged. You diagnose it. You fall under the clause.

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
http://security.eweek.com/
http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larry.seltzer at ziffdavisenterprise.com


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I don't see it.  Which clause do you think applies?

Richard

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Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 10:22 AM
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Subject: Re: [funsec] I suppose it is a fake thing or a misunderstanding
:?

The text of the law is here:
http://postprocess.wordpress.com/2007/07/17/will-lit-support-vendors-nee
d-a-pi-license-in-texas/

An excerpt is below. I could certainly see how it could be read to refer
to normal computer support, and prosecutors like to use whatever weapon
they can.

Sec. 1702.104. INVESTIGATIONS COMPANY. (a) A person acts
as an investigations company for the purposes of this chapter if the
person:
(1) engages in the business of obtaining or
furnishing, or accepts employment to obtain or furnish, information
related to:
(A) crime or wrongs done or threatened against a
state or the United States;
(B) the identity, habits, business, occupation,
knowledge, efficiency, loyalty, movement, location, affiliations,
associations, transactions, acts, reputation, or character of a
person;
(C) the location, disposition, or recovery of
lost or stolen property; or
(D) the cause or responsibility for a fire,
libel, loss, accident, damage, or injury to a person or to property;
(2) engages in the business of securing, or accepts
employment to secure, evidence for use before a court, board,
officer, or investigating committee;
(3) engages in the business of securing, or accepts
employment to secure, the electronic tracking of the location of an
individual or motor vehicle other than for criminal justice
purposes by or on behalf of a governmental entity; or
(4) engages in the business of protecting, or accepts
employment to protect, an individual from bodily harm through the
use of a personal protection officer.
(b) For purposes of Subsection (a)(1), obtaining or
furnishing information includes information obtained or furnished
through the review and analysis of, and the investigation into the
content of, computer-based data not available to the public.

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
http://security.eweek.com/
http://blogs.pcmag.com/securitywatch/
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine
larry.seltzer at ziffdavisenterprise.com


-----Original Message-----
From: funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org [mailto:funsec-bounces at linuxbox.org]
On Behalf Of Vitaly McLain
Sent: Wednesday, July 02, 2008 9:46 AM
To: FunSec [List]
Subject: Re: [funsec] I suppose it is a fake thing or a misunderstanding
:?

Julio Canto wrote:
> http://www.gearlog.com/2008/06/new_texas_law_requires_pi_lice.php
>
> "A recently passed law requires that Texas computer-repair technicians

> have a private-investigator license, according to a story posted by a 
> Dallas-Fort Worth CW affiliate."
>   

This is just a case of Slashdot and similar sites reporting something 
with a misleading, sensationalist headline and their version of the 
truth spreading. Read into it more and you'll realize it has little to 
do with computer repair and more with computer forensics and other 
investigative work. It certainly may have an impact on security 
professionals who work in the state, but I don't think it's as 
overreaching as the Internet makes it out to be.

vitaly
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