IRS and MJ sign agreement to fight smuggling and piracy


SRF Press Office, 22/04/2005

The IRS will expand the instruments used to combat smuggling and piracy in the country. Agreement signed with the Ministry of Justice will allow the agency to have access to data and information from the Infoseg network (National Integration System for Public Security and Justice Information).

In return, the IRS will allow the National Public Security Secretariat (Senasp) access to the national registrations of the legal entity (CNPJ) and the individual (CPF). The agreement was published in the Federal Official Gazette on Wednesday with a five-year term, which may be extended for an equal period.

For the secretary of the Federal Revenue, Jorge Rachid, the fight against piracy and smuggling will only be efficient based on joint actions between government agencies, mainly responsible for border inspection. "Access to information is another important step in this process of integrating actions and registration," observes Rachid.

Rachid clarifies that the Infoseg data will be used on a large scale by officials in the areas of repression against smuggling and piracy and intelligence, especially in actions to approach vehicles and people who cross borders with suspicious cargo.

According to Senasp, the agreement will strengthen the work of inspectors and police officers working in border areas. "The police officer will be able to consult if the import declarations are true, in addition to checking the address informed in the document and, above all, knowing the tax situation of the company or individual involved in the operation", says the National Secretary of Public Security, Luiz Fernando Corrêa .

According to the Ministry of Justice, the new Infoseg was launched by Minister Márcio Thomaz Bastos in December 2004, at the time, linked to the databases of the state police, the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), the National Traffic Department and the National Arms Service of the Federal Police. For this year, in addition to data from the Federal Revenue Service, information from the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Federal Attorney General will be included.

The System allows real-time queries, via the Internet, using specific passwords for each user profile. A police station can check in seconds whether a suspect in custody is being sought in other states. All units of the federation are part of the System. The ministry says that 23 states, in addition to the Federal and Federal Highway Police, have their banks interconnected in real time.