Claude Bookout is President of United Investigations International, a private investigations firm located in Austin, Texas. ( Texas license number: C9472

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United International Investigations is an experienced private investigations firm with a reputation for integrity, dependability, and thoroughness. The firm provides its clients with a broad range of investigative assistance. Corporations, law firms, and prominent individuals have relied on its professional team of investigators to obtain power and control over their particular situations.

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We've often provided information about storage and retrieval of information, which is always a concern for businesses. With iPhones growing in popularity, keep in mind that the phones themselves not only save a lot of information but most of the apps allow third parties to retain information on your iPhone use. IBM is the latest company to take this to heart, and has recently banned employees' use of Siri, the digital voice assistant. Siri stores and shares all kinds of information about you (such as names and addresses of contacts).
How long does Apple store all of this stuff, and who gets a look at it? Well, the company doesn’t actually say. Again, from the user agreement: “By using Siri or Dictation, you agree and consent to Apple’s and its subsidiaries’ and agents’ transmission, collection, maintenance, processing, and use of this information, including your voice input and User Data, to provide and improve Siri, Dictation, and other Apple products and services.” 
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A private investigator can help you develop a comprehensive security policy, train your employees, a security risk assessments and, in the event of unfortunate security breaches, investigations.

DIY Private Eye

A new website allows people to know who has been searching for them:
BrandYourself built a database of organizations' publicly-available IP addresses in order to create the feature. They use it to match IP addressees of profile visitors with the companies that own those addressses.
So, if you go for a job interview or on a date, you may be able to know whose been looking you up. Nevertheless, the system is not fool proof, is somewhat limited, and requires you to join yet another social network. Nevertheless, this could be the future for most social networking sites.

This search ability gives you one more tool in your arsenal for do-it-yourself private investigating. It also means, however, that you may want to get serious about hiring a professional investigator, who will be able to get real evidence when you discover something strange, such as in cases where you feel like you're being profiled, when you feel like someone may be trying to scam you, or when you're being stalked.