PayPal joins fight against child exploitation

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PayPal is part of a coalition of organizations that has been formed to track and disrupt child sex offenders by monitoring money they make. PayPal has joined MasterCard, Microsoft, VISA Europe, Missing Children Europe, international policing agencies and the European Commission to form the European Financial Coalition (EFC).

Led by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre – the UK’s policing organisation for protecting children from sexual exploitation – the EFC seeks to send out a stark warning to criminals who make money from the distribution of child sex abuse images.

A PayPal spokesperson said: “PayPal is pleased to become a founder member of the European Financial Coalition. It underlines our commitment to the fight against those who seek to profit from child exploitation. PayPal has a team of highly specialised agents worldwide who work solely in the area of anti-child exploitation, supported by sophisticated detection tools. We work closely with the police and other agencies around the world in the fight against child exploitation.”

Also reported by the BBC.

6 Responses

  1. Not sure I follow, are Paypal saying they will act when they discover sites selling child porn that offer Paypal as a payment option?

    As for “PayPal has a team of highly specialised agents worldwide who work solely in the area of anti-child exploitation” Really? since when?

  2. @whirly

    “Not sure I follow, are Paypal saying they will act when they discover sites selling child porn that offer Paypal as a payment option?”

    I would say that that’s taken as read, right? But it’s not explicit in the info I have received.

    “As for “PayPal has a team of highly specialised agents worldwide who work solely in the area of anti-child exploitation” Really? since when?”

    From my experience, PayPal does have superb people, doing quiet, serious work related to kinds of illegal activities. I can’t honestly say, sure they do, but can say I would be surrpised if they don’t. PayPal is a skilled and serious payment service and having folk like that is a just a necessity. Even if it’s not one much talked about.

  3. Rather than having a specialized team who work solely in the area of anti-child exploitation perhaps paypal could invest in getting a couple of staff who can actually respond to customer service queries via the telephone/email.

  4. #3 Totally agree. We’re still waiting for a call back from Paypal about our Reserve review. It’s been 10 days. Such lovely customer service.

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