Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organisation (ICPO), has initiated basic investigations into metaverse crimes.
Interpol is “an inter-governmental organisation” with “195 member nations,” and it allows the police in these countries to “work together to make the globe a safer place.”
According to a report by BBC News, Interpol Secretary General Jurgen Stock stated that Interpol plans to monitor metaverse-based illegal behaviour. The Secretary-General remarked that “sophisticated and professional” criminals will likely use digital areas as their next target for illicit activity.
Stock stated that criminals have already begun targeting consumers on comparable digital platforms to the metaverse and that his organisation must react adequately.
Despite the warning, Interpol has yet to define metaverse crimes precisely. Madan Oberoni, the executive director of technology and innovation at Interpol, stated that applying physical-space criminal precedent to the digital environment was challenging.
Oberoni asserted that the group was attempting to raise awareness over the danger of metaverse criminal behaviour.
Interpol’s plan to regulate meta spaces comes only a few months after the organisation unveiled the world’s first metaverse developed expressly for law enforcement at a surprise session of the 90th Interpol General Assembly in New Delhi.
According to a press release on October 20 2022, this new metaverse, which is already fully operational, allows registered users to tour a virtual facsimile of the Interpol General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, without geographical or physical limitations, interact with other officers via their avatars, and even take immersive training courses in forensic investigation and other policing capabilities.