Australia probes PayPal amid child abuse payment fears

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  • Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019

AUSTRAC will appoint an external auditor to examine what it calls 'ongoing concerns' over PayPal's alleged breaches of the country's anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws. — Bloomberg

SYDNEY: Australia’s financial regulator on Sept 24 ordered an investigation into global money transfer platform PayPal, amid concerns it may be being misused by sex offenders to buy child abuse material from Asia.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) demanded an external auditor investigate “ongoing concerns” about breaches of the country’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws.

Announcing the appointment in a statement on Sept 24, AUSTRAC said it was working with its partners to “combat serious crimes such as child sex exploitation” using funds transfer information reported by the financial services sector.

“Online child abuse material can be ordered from Australia to areas such as the Philippines in quite often small amounts that are repeated often, and PayPal unfortunately is one of the areas that they can use to do that,” AUSTRAC CEO Nicole Rose told the ABC.

“That’s why we want to get the auditor in to really (determine) what sort of risks there have been and continue to be with PayPal systems or their reporting regime.”

A PayPal Australia spokesperson said the review was prompted when the company realised it had not been fully reporting international payments in line with obligations.

“These reporting obligations are important protections in the international fight against financial crime and the misuse of payment platforms, which PayPal takes very seriously,” they said in a statement.

The company added that the audit was not “instigated was in response to the discovery of child sex exploitation connections”.

An audit report must be compiled within 120 days and will be used to determine whether the regulator takes any further action against the digital payments platform. – AFP

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