Verizon Asked to Block Online Gambling in India

Published Friday, January 24, 2014 -
Verizon Asked to Block Online Gambling in India

The blocking of web sites is a fact in many countries around the world and there are firms that comply with the requests and those which don’t. The U.K. government has been attempting to get some of their internet service providers on side to block unlicensed in the U.K. online gambling sites to no avail.

Now it has been revealed that India has asked American internet service provider Verizon to block access to certain websites. Verizon responded by saying "We were required to block access to websites in India but are precluded by law from identifying the specific number of websites,"

Verizon also stated that India was one of five countries which requested the action. "On occasion, we are required by government orders, regulations or other legal requirements to block access to specified websites outside the US. While we have not received such blocking demands in the United States, we did receive such demands in five countries in 2013,"

"We were also required to block websites in Belgium and Portugal which are related to online gambling or copyright issues," While in Greece, “we were required to block 424 sites related to online gambling,"

Online gambling is illegal in India and one method of stopping the practice is the blocking of relevant web locations. "We may be required to block access to such websites for an ongoing period of time, but we count such demands only for the year in which they were initially made," Verizon stated.

"We received a small number of requests last year from non-US governments for data stored in the United States, all of which were referred to the MLAT process," Verizon revealed that in 2013, it received approximately 320,000 requests for customer information from federal, state or local law enforcement in America.

"We do not release customer information unless authorized by law, such as a valid law enforcement demand or an appropriate request in an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury," Verizon concluded.

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