“Private investigator” defined.
1.“Private investigator” means any person who for any consideration engages in business or accepts employment to furnish, or agrees to make or makes any investigation for the purpose of obtaining information with reference to:
(a)The identity, habits, conduct, business, occupation, honesty, integrity, credibility, knowledge, trustworthiness, efficiency, loyalty, activity, movement, whereabouts, affiliations, associations, transactions, acts, reputation or character of any person;
(b)The location, disposition or recovery of lost or stolen property;
(c)The cause or responsibility for fires, libels, losses, accidents, motor vehicle crashes or damage or injury to persons or to property;
(d)A crime or tort that has been committed, attempted, threatened or suspected, except an expert witness or a consultant who is retained for litigation or a trial, or in anticipation of litigation or a trial, and who performs duties and tasks within his or her field of expertise that are necessary to form his or her opinion;
(e)Securing evidence to be used before any court, board, officer or investigating committee; or
(f)The prevention, detection and removal of surreptitiously installed devices for eavesdropping or observation.
2.The term does not include:
(a)Any person who is accessing exclusively public records, public databases or any other public information; or
(b)Any person who for any consideration engages in business or accepts employment to provide information security.
Section 648.012 — “Private investigator” defined.,