Laws are often several steps behind technology. Criminals know this, so when something new is invented, they usually have leeway before regulation. What would happen if you were the victim of some kind of crime in the metaverse? If you went to the police… would they understand you or would you think you ran away from a video game and be disoriented? To avoid this, one of the largest police forces in the world is already working in the metaverse to train its officers. And, believe it or not, it’s the sensible thing to do.
Interpol has just arrived in the metaverse
The Metaverse is for many a place for recreation to interact with other distant people. However, you should never let your guard down. As the popularity of virtual worlds increases, they will be full of criminals, as has happened many times with other disruptive technologies.
What are the risks of the metaverse? How can cybercriminals act? Well, that’s what the International Criminal Police Organization, better known as INTERPOL, wants to know.
To protect us, they must first understand us
Taking advantage of Interpol’s 90th General Assembly in New Delhi, this organization agreed to launch the world’s first police metaverse. The basic idea is that law enforcement agencies from all member countries of this organization can access a virtual environment to understand how virtual worlds work.
The agents will spend hours in their controlled metaverse studying how criminal minds might act. Therefore, not only could they identify how criminals could commit serious crimes already committed on the Internet (scams, threats, drug dealing …), but they could also study the new types of crimes that can arise within the metaverse. . This information will be used to protect people who connect to virtual reality.
An advantage in cooperation with governments
In the same assembly, Interpol has already drawn up a list of the most important crimes that must be investigated and prosecuted so that they are not committed in the metaverse. What worries this entity the most is that criminals may find a new way to commit crimes against children, just as it is worrying that virtual reality is being used to commit financial fraud on a global scale.
However, the list of crimes is quite long. Interpol has also focused on private information theft, ransomware, fishing and document forgery. They also expressed concern that the metaverse could foster new forms of sexual assault and harassment.
Of course, the agents will not work alone. There would be no point in connecting hundreds of civil servants to virtual reality without guidance. The organization will work closely with a group of industry experts.
Incredible as it may seem, Interpol is not the first police organization to work with the metaverse. Shortly before, the UAE police had already announced an identical service for its police officers.