Pornography: Internet

Home Department written question – answered on 15th May 2008.

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Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire Chair, Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with credit card companies to prevent the purchase of child abuse pictures over the internet.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office) (Crime Reduction)

APACS, the UK payments association, on behalf of their members contribute funds to support the operation of the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) Hotline as does another credit card entity who is not a member of APACS. The IWF works in partnership with law enforcement agencies and individual credit card companies by sharing information with them to assist their operations designed to tackle the commercialisation of indecent images of children. APACS played a key role in supporting a change in data protection legislation in 2006 which ensures that where paedophiles have used credit or debit cards to access child abuse images online, law enforcement can share that information with card providers so that they can terminate the contract and take away the card used.

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