[Coco] New Texas IT Requirement
johnadonaldson at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 12 19:10:39 EDT 2008
Well, our great Texas Legislator really messed up this time. A bill was
drafted, passed, sign by the Governor and took effect on July 1, 2008.
This bill added a requirement for all IT persons now have to ahear to.
If you do any kind of analysis of the hard drive on a computer or repair
of a computer, you have to have a PI license. Yes, that is correct, a
Private Investigation License or you can end up in jail for a year and a
$4,000 fine. The company you work for can also be fined $10,000 for each
day that you work on a computer without the PI license. It seems the PI
Association wrote the law and no one read it prior to passing it on the
floor and sending it to the Governor for his signuture. It was designed
to plug a loop hole where CSI type people that work on cases where data
on the hard drive of a computer is evidence and the person searching it
was NOT a Licensed Investigator, thus was not qualified and have the
data on the hard drive thrown out. But they wrote it TOO broad and now
it covers anyone that works on a computer. Even the 12 year old next
door neighbor. LOL
So here in Texas if you work on computers, you half to have a PI
license. To obtain a PI license, you either have to take pass a Criminal
Investigate Course or serve as an apprientice to a Licensed PI for three
years. This means you can not work on any computer for a min of three
years. CIC course is a 4 year College Course.
If Rolan and Martin was still had their TV show, I am sure the Texas
Legislator would get the Whoope award.
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