February 5, 2023

Interpol Discusses How To Probe Crime in Metaverse

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Jürgen Stock, Secretary General of Interpol speaks at a press conference on the last day of the 87th International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) General Assembly in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Tensions were high around Wednesday’s vote which elected South Korea’s Kim Jong Yang as chief of the international law enforcement agency. Kim defeated Russia’s Alexander Prokopchuk in Wednesday’s vote. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Interpol Secretary-General Jurgen Stock said the global police body is discussing how to probe a crime occurring in the metaverse.

In a report by BBC, Stock pointed out that Interpol has already its own virtual reality (VR) space, where users can do training and attend virtual meetings, asserting that the global agency should not be left behind a widely-discussed concept.

“Criminals are sophisticated and professional in very quickly adapting to any new technological tool that is available to commit a crime. We need to sufficiently respond to that. Sometimes lawmakers, police, and our societies are running a little bit behind. We have seen if we are doing it too late, it already impacts trust in the tools we are using, and therefore the metaverse. In similar platforms that already exist, criminals are using it,” Stock noted.

He also affirmed that the police should experience the metaverse well and become familiar with its crimes to know how to police them.

The report also mentioned remarks made by Interpol’s Executive Director of Technology and Innovation Madan Oberoi on the definition of metaverse crimes. Oberoi pointed to the need for a correlation between crimes in the physical world and the metaverse to apply law enforcement in the virtual space.

“If law enforcement is interested to help people who have been hurt in the metaverse, they need to know about the metaverse. And that is one of our objectives – to make sure law enforcement personnel start using the metaverse and they become aware. In that sense, it is very important,” he added.

In October 2022, Interpol announced the launching of the first-ever police body in the metaverse designed for law enforcement in the virtual world.

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