The IC3's Public/Private Alliances
In addition to the FBI and NW3C, other agencies support the IC3 project. The IC3 aggressively moves toward strengthening law enforcement's ability to identify and combat Internet crimes. Creating new and expanded alliances with industry is key to making Internet e-commerce safer for consumers. These partners partners provide information and intelligence that helps ensure proper development of significant cases and referral to law enforcement in an expeditious fashion. Among these are:
- Business Software Alliance (BSA)
- The BSA was founded in 1988 and includes members throughout the world who are part of the high-tech industry. The BSA promotes policy, education, and intellectual enforcement efforts on behalf of its members.
- eBay Inc., founded in September 1995, provides an online venue for the sale of goods and services by a diverse community of individuals and small businesses. eBay has several hundred million registered members from around the world.
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
- The FTC works to enforce federal consumer protection laws that prevent deception and unfair business practices. The Commission investigates deceptive commercial email and spammers' responsibilities under the Can-Spam law. Whether combating telemarketing fraud or Internet scams, the FTC's primary mission is to protect consumers.
- Merchant Risk Council (MRC)
- The MRC is a not-for-profit organization founded in September 2000. It provides education about fraud prevention techniques and encourages businesses selling online to adopt best practices and anti-fraud technologies. The Network's merchant focus distinguishes this group from others that are trying to combat this problem.
- Microsoft is the world's largest producer of personal and business computer software. Microsoft provides a wide variety of web-based services and MSN Hotmail, which are used by millions of people on a daily basis.
- United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
- The USPIS is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service. Postal Inspectors enforce over 200 federal laws in investigations of crimes that may adversely affect or fraudulently use the U.S. Mail, the postal system, or postal employees. Many fraud schemes that originate over the Internet, such as auction fraud or multi-level marketing schemes, involve payment or delivery via the U.S. Mail and are under the jurisdiction of the USPIS.