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INTERPOL: System for Identity Verification Urged to Secure International Law Enforcement Communications

(Oct. 12, 2010) The 1st INTERPOL Information Security Conference (IISC) was held in Hong Kong from September 15 to 18, 2010. Co-hosted by INTERPOL (the International Criminal Police Organization) and the Hong Kong Police, the conference sought “to address the international responsibilities posed by threats to personal data as well as to critical infrastructures,” with the aim of anticipating, formulating, and recommending appropriate and effective responses to incidents arising from such threats. (IISC website, (last visited Oct. 8, 2010) [website to be closed Dec. 31, 2010]).

In his keynote address to the IISC, Ronald K. Noble, INTERPOL Secretary General, called upon law enforcement agencies worldwide to create an international identity verification system. He stated:

Considering the anonymity of cyberspace, cybercrime may in fact be one of the most dangerous criminal threats ever. A vital component in fighting transnational crime must therefore include the policing of information security and the provision of secure communication channels for police worldwide based on common standards. (INTERPOL: Online ID Needed, SECUREIDNEWS (Sept. 16, 2010),

INTERPOL reportedly is taking steps with ENTRUST, a secure digital identity and information provider, that will enable secure communication “from virtually any fixed or mobile location in the world” for officers in INTERPOL's 188 National Central Bureaus. (Id.; About Entrust, ENTRUST website, (last visited Oct. 8, 2010).)