Curbing Internet gambling

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) recently reported on proposed regulations to implement the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), Title VIII of the SAFE Port Act, PL 109-347 (pdf, 80pp/228kB), 120 Stat. 1952. The regs identify five payment systems in which to interdict the flow of illegal Internet gambling proceeds: cards systems, money transmission systems, wire transfer systems, check collection systems, and the Automated Clearing House (ACH) system. The report notes that except for financial institutions that deal directly with illegal Internet gamblers, tracking revenues in wire transfer, check collection, and ACH systems is not currently feasible.

CRS cites three bills introduced in the 110th Congress to augment UIGEA: the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007, HR 2046 (pdf, 26pp), Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2007, HR 2607 (pdf, 4pp), and the Skill Game Protection Act, HR 2610 (pdf, 6pp).

Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and Regulations Proposed for Its Implementation, CRS Report RS22749 (pdf, 6pp/72kB, from Open CRS), November 1, 2007

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Anonymous South Carolina Lawyers said...

Though many online gamblers either don't know or don't care, Internet gambling is a haven for cyber-crime. ID thieves have ample opportunity to steal from online gamblers because so much of their personal security information is given out anonymously - making it difficult to track.

Also, many gamblers don't keep a close watch over exactly how much they are spending, winning & losing online; often the thieves steal their money in transactions and the gambler never even notices it.

Concerned SC Surveillance Abuse Lawyers


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