On 3 October 2014, the Association of British Insurers in the UK issued guidelines regarding the use of private investigators (PIs) by insurers. Key points covered by the guidelines (which are voluntary) include (a) the importance of carrying out appropriate due diligence (e.g. regarding the grounds for suspicion and means already explored to verify those suspicions) prior to instructing a PI and (b) and a suggestion that insurers adopt their own code of practice (regarding issues such as ethics, interviews and surveillance) compliance with which which could form part of the arrangements entered into with a PI. In Ireland, there have been recent prosecutions of a firm of PIs and its directors for breaches of the Irish Data Protection Acts and the Irish Data Protection Commissioner recently commented that that those operating in the insurance sector should take note of the proceedings and review their engagement of PIs and tracing agents.