Google Works To Prevent Illegal Download Sites From Having A Credit Source

broken google credit cardThe Telegraph reports Google is leading an effort to prevent illegal download sites from having a source of credit to be able to buy ads online.

Google is in talks specifically with Visa, Mastercard and PayPal to prevent these types of companies from using credit cards or PayPal accounts. This would help prevent these types of companies that are overseas from placing these illegal ads, when court orders cannot. They have taken internal efforts to mass ban AdWords advertisers many times throughout the years.

Google is not the first to go this route, supposedly the book publishing, music, film and television industries all use a similar method to help control piracy.

Of course, with any of these efforts, there may be false positives and some legit online advertisers may be unintentionally impacted in a negative way by these preventive measures.

The company has not yet implemented these efforts but there are ongoing talks within Google and the financial credit agencies.

A Mastercard spokesman said: “Mastercard takes online safety and security seriously. We work closely with our part­ners to ensure the best possible experience when using elec­tronic payments.” Visa gave no comment. Pay-Pal did not return a request for comment.

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  • IncrediBILL

    So what? They’ll just use a prepaid debit card or a stolen credit card, both readily available

  • Silentbutsmart

    that is a dumb idea – since when Google is the police? That is a law enforcement issue.

    More importantly PayPal is a joke.

  • Gregory Smith

    This will evntually happen — like it or not. I wouldn’t doubt if this isn’t supporting terrorism.

  • Rosendo A. Cuyasen

    This is good! It protect everyone who is engaging to online especially for business.

  • Michael Martinez

    OMG — Google has gone SO S.O.P.A. with this!!!!

  • newyorker_1

    wow this is great. I wonder than why an illegal download site rules Google SERPS for thousands of keywords. Double standards I guess…

  • Mr X

    Goggles headline should have said, Google asks visa, master card and paypal not to profit from questionable activities, because we all know that big companies NEVER EVER would do such a thing. Either way, a perfect opportunity for bit coin to get wider penetration.

  • Nathaniel Bailey

    wow are google going to have their own google police car’s driving around next?!

    Really this has nothing to do with google, its down to the real law to enforce such things against those people that break the law so why do google feel the need to step in?

    Also, I would bet that paypal didn’t respond because quietly they wouldn’t want to stop such users as they are making paypal money with all the transactions they bring to them, so why would paypal stop a set of people using its service when no law or legal authority is telling them to do so? It makes no sense for them (or others) to do as google asks and lose money IMO

  • Alessia

    I would believe it’s a genuine concern for the law if it didn’t come after Google play…

  • Link Worx Seo

    What do you mean by PayPal being a joke?

  • Link Worx Seo

    Now, that is a valid point. But Google could also be looking to show they are at least trying to do something about it.

  • gbyers72

    Hope Google blocks Bing for stealing their search results: P

  • Silentbutsmart

    PayPal is a joke when it comes to small business owners. If you sell a lot of stuff they freeze your account. I am like $#@$#@ so I have switch to a merchant account provider. No more crazy holds.

  • Link Worx Seo

    I do use PayPal for certain product sales, but actually I just recently partnered with 5/3rd. Bank to offer dongles and credit card processing for my clients or prospective clients. They provide flat rate plans or the latter. Very competitive rates. Better than Square or PayPal. If you or anyone is looking for this type of credit card processing, give me a shout. Would be glad to assist you with it.

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