The responsibilities and challenges faced by Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) have changed immeasurably as the internet has developed. Almost every day, the landscape they face mutates, springing up new crimes, new threats and new costs. Coping with this using only traditional methods is an enormous task.
Encryption and anonymisation tools make it easier for criminals to disguise their online activities or evade capture. This makes proactive policing more challenging and can delay the prosecution of perpetrators and – most importantly – the safeguarding of victims.
To help LEAs address this, digital image forensics are constantly expanding a database of over two billion images, which increases the likelihood of LEAs getting a hit on cameras used to produce illegal material. Image authentication software is also resistant to resizing, cropping and resolution changes, allowing LEAs to identify the source of illegal material as well as patient zero, stopping crimes at their root.
A proactive tool that will notify investigators of online crime when they are looking at the same image is also in development by CameraForensics. This will protect against data and knowledge silos, allowing LEAs to identify crucial patterns of images which repeatedly pop up in the same localities. Ultimately, this collaboration has the potential to unlock crucial pieces of evidence which can help crack cases and prevent hotbeds of criminality from developing in years to come.
By working alongside experts in global law enforcement and listening to their demands, we leverage our innovative research and development to keep them a step ahead of criminals. We are driven to create a culture of accountability through the power of data, which deters potential offenders from committing contact offences.
The impact of LEAs winning the online crime war will be resoundingly positive, relieving pressure on national infrastructure and safeguarding victims. And ultimately, this will make for a more positive, productive and healthy society.