Interpol releases report on Metaverse as a law enforcement tool, ‘Metacrime’
“Recreating crime scenes, information sharing and planning of tactics will boost situational awareness,” the Interpol report states
By Joanna Putman
Interpol has released a report on law enforcement in and through the metaverse, highlighting the platform’s capacity to become a valuable tool in crime scene preservation and analysis, Cointelegraph reported.
One of the use cases for Metaverse as highlighted in the Interpol report is immersive training. The augmented and virtual reality aspects of metaverse applications can be used to create simulations of crime scenes and other scenarios.
“Recreating crime scenes, information sharing and planning of tactics will boost situational awareness and consequently impact frontline policing competences positively,” the Interpol report states.
The metaverse can also be used to create virtual replicas of crime scenes.
“Through its 3D user interface, these tools tap into our natural spatial reasoning and memory capabilities, offering investigators a unique method for addressing intricate knowledge challenges,” the Interpol report stated.
The report also looks into criminal activity within the metaverse, according to Cointelegraph.
“Interpol’s white paper highlights existing issues, which include nonfungible token fraud, cyber-physical attacks, impersonation by theft of digital identities, theft of 3D property and digital assets, the grooming of children, and stalking and sexual harassment,” the article states.
As Metaverse and the use of digital spaces become increasingly popular, the spaces will become a critical source of data and evidence, according to Interpol.
“The report notes that investigators will need to learn how to access data from virtual reality headsets and haptic devices, recover evidence from metaverse infrastructure and acquire data from third-party service providers,” the Cointelegraph article states.
The Interpol report concludes that extensive training will be needed for first responders and the criminal justice systems. It states that agencies and stakeholders will have to practice wide collaboration, according to the article.