14 Apr '15, 3pm

Bitcoin Exchanges in Talks to Join Fight Against Child Pornography

Bitcoin Exchanges in Talks to Join Fight Against Child Pornography

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) is planning to work with bitcoin companies to combat the use of digital currency to pay for online child sexual abuse material. Despite being unable to disclose specifics, Emma Hardy, director of external relations at the IWF , confirmed conversations with bitcoin exchanges were in the "early stages". She said: “We noted the use of cryptocurrencies in the first quarter of 2014, and specifically the use of bitcoin to pay for child sexual abuse imagery. We know, from our experience, that new services and technologies will always be abused by criminals for their own agendas and we’re really open to working with anyone who seeks to keep their services, networks and exchanges free from criminality.” The announcement follows the publication of IWF's annual report , which noted bitcoin was being increasingly used by paedophiles to purchase sexu...

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