Corporate spies: … tell you the lengths that they will go to, the distance in their eyes. Oh no, he’s said too much.

Isn’t Barry concerned about the ethics of lying?

“To my knowledge, in all 50 states, it is not illegal to lie,” he says. “The only people I listen to are the United States Department of Justice and state and local law enforcement officials.”

What about dumpster diving — going through someone’s garbage?

“Dumpster diving is perfectly legal, providing there is not a sign posted,” Barry says. “The courts have held that if it is left to be accessed by commercial carters, then it is no longer private property. It is only private property if there is a ‘no trespassing’ sign and you had to trespass to get into the dumpster.”

What about using an answering machine pick — a device used to remotely grab someone else’s message off the target’s answering machine?

“That’s probably a gray area,” Barry says.

“Do you use picks?” we ask.

“Fine, and you?” Barry answers.

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