For your security
I-Checkit is an innovative tool that can detect and prevent illicit transactions currently beyond the reach of the law enforcement community.
With the engagement and support of all project stakeholders and industries, I-Checkit will significantly reduce the purchase, use and resale of counterfeit and stolen goods that support criminal activities and illicit cross-border movement.
The I-Checkit pilot project offers two crucial solutions to identify and prevent illicit trade:
- Allows the general public to check security information of products using a mobile or web application in order to identify potentially counterfeit goods;
- Prevents the resale of stolen products and possible identity fraud by allowing select private entities to cross-reference data against designated INTERPOL databases.
Enhancing consumer safety
The I-Checkit verification solution will help the public determine whether a product is counterfeit or being sold in the wrong market. In order to do so, product security feature information (made available by product brand owners) and automated product verification solutions will be integrated into a globally accessible database.
The public will be able to consult this information in real-time and from anywhere in the world by scanning a product bar code or entering product identifiers on a web or mobile application.
Each product ‘check’ will generate industry-wide reports for private industry partners and analytical reports for law enforcement to support follow-up investigations.
By opening this system to the public, INTERPOL empowers consumers worldwide to protect themselves against potentially dangerous counterfeit goods on the market today.
Working with the private sector
In the second component of I-Checkit, INTERPOL will extend limited access to its databases to select private entities in order to identify and disrupt criminal activity.
The automobile industry will be able to cross-reference the VIN or license plate numbers of used cars against INTERPOL’s Stolen Motor Vehicles databases in order to stop the unlawful movement of stolen vehicles.
Members of the transport and tourism industry will also be able to systematically submit customer travel document information with the aim of alerting law enforcement if a travel document registered in INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents database is being used.
If a screened item is registered as stolen in one of INTERPOL’s databases, the General Secretariat and National Central Bureaus concerned will be notified of the ‘hit’ for follow-up investigation. The National Central Bureau can also choose to transmit non-police data to the company that conducted the check, in order to prevent the illegal transaction from taking place.
Globalization of Law Enforcement: A Study of Transnational Public-Private Partnerships Against Intellectual Property Crimes
Dr Christopher Paun, University of Bremen