Coming back to the illegal trade of endangered species through the Internet, and again in direct relation with the subject of my Master Thesis ( Enforcement measures to combat illegal wildlife trade: A comparative study of different systems), I have found a new tool to inform/report about these deals.
In Spain the leading enforcement agency against illegal wildlife trade is the Guardia Civil, a national law enforcement service which dates back to 1844. Recently, the Guardia Civil has presented its collaboration with a private company for the use of the tool named "EGarante" to fight cybercrime. The video (in Spanish) may be seen here below:
Even though it is not a tool designed exclusively for the wildlife trade cybercrime, it may very well be a useful tool to report this type of transactions in Spain.
The EGarante tool seems to work as a kind of "independent third party" in relation to the truthfulness of the content of a website at a specific moment in time. Once the illegal offer has been identified and reported to the Guardia Civil, they could use it to identify potential cyber-offenders and investigate further their involvement in potential illegal wildlife trade. One draw-back though: for legal reasons, if a formal report wants to be filled the person has to go personally to the Guardia Civil premises with the copy of the document produced by EGarante.
I leave the link to the tool which will be duly taken into consideration next time I come across somethig that looks like wildlife cybercrime in Spain.
Cheers and enjoy this beautiful Sunday!