Google chief declares war on 'illicit networks'
2012-07-18 10:20 by Daniela
Search giant Google will help Global policing body Interpol to crack down on trade in fake goods with a special application. The Interpol Global Register (IGR), announced at a Google conference outside Los Angeles, aims to track illicit goods by verifying products through security features, using the scanning app.
"Right now in special areas (like) pharmaceuticals, tobacco products and household goods, a consumer doesn't know what's fake and what's real," Interpol chief Ronald Noble told AFP. "We came up with this idea that will allow a consumer or a law enforcement or businesses to scan a code and determine whether or not it can be verified as authentic," he added.
Google designed the application for this concept for Android devices, but Interpol plans versions for other platforms including Apple, Blackberry and Microsoft.
"In a connected world, vulnerable people will be safer, trafficking victims can learn their rights, can find opportunities; organ harvesters can be named and brought to justice," Google Inc.'s executive chairman Mr. Schmidt said. "Connection protects us...together we can use technology to protect the world," he told the "Illicit Networks: Forces in Opposition" summit in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles.
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