U.K. Illegal Online Gambling Site Blocking Rejected

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Online-Casinos.com
U.K. Illegal Online Gambling Site Blocking Rejected

The United States made financial transactions from online gambling operators illegal effectively slowing down the activities of offshore gambling operators in America back in 2006.

Other jurisdictions in the world such as Belgium and Bulgaria have initiated laws that require internet service providers to block sites that are not legally licensed to operate in their countries.

While many people believe the practice is censorship and an affront to the freedom of the internet, governments use the practice to police the industry widely.

Now with the Government of the United Kingdom in the process of changing its rules regarding the online gambling industry it has approached the internet service providers to block unlicensed sites from offering internet wagering to punters in the U.K.

The Gambling Commission in the U.K. recently met with internet providers with the intent to convince them to insert “warning pages” on unlicensed websites alerting possible punters that these sites are not legal. The providers have refused the commission’s attempts to put these warnings on these websites insisting on either a court order or primary legislation.

It has been suggested that the U.K.’s Gambling Commission has little power to enact such a move presently and will not be able to stop consumers from accessing offshore unlicensed gambling sites.

A spokesperson from the Commission commented, “We have been exploring the internet service providers’ approach when faced with clear evidence that sites are unlicensed and engaged in illegal activities. At this stage we are just exploring back-up options as we do not expect illegal sites to be a major issue given the attractiveness and width of the legal offer.”

A spokesperson for one of the internet service providers TalkTalk commented, "We do not believe that it is for ISPs to decide what content customers should access. It is really important that there is either a proper legal framework when it comes to blocking access to sites, just like with copyright infringement, or that it is down to customer choice."

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