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Computer technicians required to have PI license in Texas

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As the result of a new law in Texas, computer repair technicians are required to have a private investigator license.

Huh?

According to the new law, during the course of repairing a computer some investigation can be needed, which requires a private investigator license.

To obtain a PI license, the technicians would have to receive a criminal justice degree or participate in a three-year apprenticeship and until they have such a license they will need to close down, find something else to do, or face up to a $4,000 fine, one year in jail, and a $10,000 civil penalty.

If a consumer takes their computer to an unlicensed technician for repair they could face the same penalty.

Note to self…don’t move to Texas…

[Via Gizmodo]

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One response

  1. This Texas legislation is causing problems for robo-cop traffic enforcement. A Texas judge said the company running a red-light camera was acting illegally because it did not have a private investigator license. On the basis of this ruling, motorists are challenging traffic tickets. See deails: http://legal-beagle.typepad.com/wrights_legal_beagle/2008/12/e-discovery-forensics-private-investigator-license-for-computer-data-collection-and-assessment.html –Ben

    December 5, 2008 at 3:06 pm