Surveillance and Privacy Law (2024 Edition)

Wes Bearden
Wes Bearden | Bearden Investigative Agency

Wes Bearden is an Attorney & Licensed Investigator at Bearden Investigative Agency and is not your stereotypical investigator.

On-Demand: May 15, 2024

Surveillance and Privacy Law (2024 Edition)

$195.00 2 hour CLE

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Program Summary

This session offers a detailed examination of privacy laws, encompassing both federal and state regulations such as the Wiretap Act and Invasion of Privacy statutes. It delves into the legal intricacies surrounding tracking devices, license plate recognition technology, video surveillance practices, and the increasingly prevalent realm of social media investigations. Additionally, the webinar addresses the legal framework governing the use of drones and their implications for privacy rights. Legal professionals will gain valuable insights into navigating these complex regulatory landscapes, equipping them to effectively address privacy concerns in diverse legal scenarios.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • Review of privacy law regarding the federal and state wiretap act
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Tracking devices
  • License plate recognition
  • Video surveillance
  • Social media investigations and drones

Closed-captioning available


Wes Bearden_Bearden Investigative Agency_FedBarWes Bearden | Bearden Investigative Agency

Wes Bearden is an Attorney & Licensed Investigator at Bearden Investigative Agency and is not your stereotypical investigator. Because most of his clients are lawyers and law firms, he went to law school so that he could better understand what his clients need. He is an active attorney licensed in Texas, Louisiana, New York, and the District of Columbia. He understands what is discoverable and what is admissible in court. He knows how to handle witnesses appropriately and ethically, and he can work more easily on investigations that cross into other states. “People – lawyers – come to me with their client’s problems, and I love solving them,” Mr. Bearden, CEO and Chairman of Bearden Investigative Agency says. “Our clients get a lawyer-led team of dedicated investigators who will fight for them. We uncover the facts they need and work toward the resolution they want.”

Mr. Bearden is proud to lead a full-service agency that has the resources and know-how to respond quickly and effectively to critical situations. The agency is particularly expert in: Family Law Investigations, White Collar Criminal law, Employment, and Internal Investigations, Surveillance, Deep Background, and Due Diligence Investigations, Computer and Mobile forensics, Expert Witness Testimony, Opposition Research, Complex Civil Litigation, Asset and Financial Investigations, National & International Investigations. Mr. Bearden knows that experience counts when it comes to tackling tough investigative challenges for his clients. His agency, established in Dallas in 1972, has conducted investigations in all 50 states and more than 40 foreign countries.

“When you hire an investigator, it’s an ‘Oh My God’ moment. You may be facing the loss of your business, your family, your money or your reputation,” Mr. Bearden says. “You are in trouble, and you need expert help to successfully guide you through this crisis.” He maintains active membership and leadership in a number of private investigative associations throughout the United States. He also previously served for almost a decade as the general counsel of the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators (TALI). Mr. Bearden is Past President and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the National Council of Investigation and Security Services (NCISS). Additionally, he serves on the board of the World Association of Detectives (WAD). Calm, compassionate and upbeat, Mr. Bearden is committed to helping his clients through some of their most difficult life challenges.


I. Review of privacy law regarding the federal and state wiretap act | 12:00pm – 12:20pm

II. Invasion of privacy | 12:20pm – 12:40pm

III. Tracking devices | 12:40pm – 1:00pm

Break | 1:00pm – 1:10pm

IV. License plate recognition | 1:10pm – 1:30pm

V. Video surveillance | 1:30pm – 1:50pm

VI. Social media investigations and drones | 1:50pm – 2:10pm