UK Launches Operation Against Privacy ‘Criminals’ On Facebook
Traders who were involved in selling fake and pirate products via Facebook are facing crackdown from England police and Trading standard officers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Enforcement officers have reportedly raided several locations already, and are currently carrying out investigations from 22 misusers of social media.
According to our source of information, this is a largest operation of its kind in the UK. National Trading Standards eCrime Team is taking part in the Operation Jasper along with police officers and members of government agencies.
The chief motive behind launching the operation is to curb “copyright theft” and trading of “dangerous and counterfeit” goods, TF reports.
Officers participating in the operation have confirmed raids over 12 separate location, but no arrests have been made public as yet. Authorities have reportedly sent 200 warning letters and 24 cease and desist letters to the accused of misuse of Facebook for selling counterfeit or pirate products. In addition, 4,300 listings and 20 profiles have been removed from Facebook.
Prior to the recent operation, authorities raided various locations in the north England to recover pirated Android streaming boxes. During the aforesaid activity one accused was arrested, but the arrest didn’t leave much of the impact on other misusers, as ‘pirate’ Android ‘streaming’ boxes have been seen once again among the other fake goods such as t-shirts, tablets and mobile phones.
“Operation Jasper has struck an important psychological blow against criminals who believe they can operate with impunity on social media platforms without getting caught,” Lord Toby Harris, Chair of National Trading Standards told.