A dedicated database – the INTERPOL Database on International Intellectual Property (DIIP) Crime – centralizes information about trafficking in illicit goods, and assists investigators with transnational cases.
The database has been specifically developed to be a depository for private sector industry information about the transnational and organized criminal networks involved in trafficking in illicit goods. It neither competes with established public sector databases on illicit trade, nor duplicates existing illicit trade data collection mechanisms.
Data is subjected to criminal analysis in order to:
- Identify links between transnational and organized cross-sector criminal activity involving trafficking in illicit goods;
- Facilitate criminal investigations;
- Develop regional and global strategic illicit trade crime reports.
INTERPOL does not disclose specific information contained in the DIIP. Participating industries receive feedback in the form of referrals indicating that two or more industries are being targeted by the same transnational organized criminals.
The DIIP offers a number of benefits to transnational investigations. It is used to:
- Inform and facilitate law enforcement interventions in trafficking in illicit goods;
- Produce regional and global strategic illicit trade crime reports;
- Improve the information flow between stakeholders and lead to more effective international law enforcement.