How to accept anonymous donations for political dissidents?
December 19, 2010 2:53 PM Subscribe
I'm building a website for a group of political dissidents in an Asian country. They would like to have a way to accept donations without their government tracking them down. What is the best way to do this?
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Currently we are thinking of using Paypal, but we are unsure how safe this is.
The idea is to tie a Paypal account to a credit card or bank account belonging to a third party here in the U.S., who would then send the funds back through a different account to the group's bank account in their country. That way if their government were to subpoena Paypal for the recipient's info (which I believe they could do since Paypal does business there), they would learn only the name of an American with no other ties to that country.
Donors would mostly come from other countries; those in that country would be warned that their info could possibly be revealed by a government investigation.
Some important details: This country has fairly good political ties with the U.S. The third party is trusted. The expected funds would be very small, less than $1,000.
What could go wrong here? How to best hide any info on this group? And how much info on the recipients would donors see? Is there a better way of doing this?
Thank you for any advice and suggestions.