Two United States agencies are working in conjunction with the US Department of Justice, have begun a process that will implement the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was passed by Congress of 2006. The US Treasury and Federal Reserve are taking final steps to ensure that internet gambling is banned once and for all.
Title VIII of the Act is also known as the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 prohibits the transfer of funds from a financial institution to an internet gambling site, with the notable exceptions of fantasy sports, online lotteries, and thoroughbred/harness racing.
Many banks and credit card companies have not taken and action to stop making payments to illegal sites, awaiting the rules to determine what procedures they need to have in place.
Yesterday’s announcement details those ules, calling on all banks, credit card companies and automated payment system companies to have “policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent payments being made to gambling businesses.”
The Fed and the Treasury have kick-started a three-month consultation process on these proposed rules, with comments from affected parties to be filed by December 12.
Once in place, the rules will provide a clear black and white policy for all companies involved in the gambling arena.
In the past many banks have turned a blind eye to individual state laws banning gambling.
However in the past 18 months the industry has been at the top of the agenda, following a series of high-profile prosecutions of senior such as BetonSports chief executive David Carruthers and Neteller’s Stephen Lawrence.
The clamp-down saw billions of pounds wiped off the value of British-quoted gaming companies such as PartyGaming, which had previously relied heavily on US citizens.
6th Annual Online Togel Online Gambling Industry Conference At Barcelona
At the Barcelona Diagonal Conference Centre, the sixth annual European i-Gaming Congress and Expo took place on Tuesday. The online gambling industry gathering was attended by some impressive attendance. 80 online gambling expert speakers, 60 top online gambling industry exhibitors and over 1000 pre-registered delegates standing in line to register until Tuesday morning.
The internet gambling industry had rightly been identified as the most successful of the online businesses to come out of the Internet, with good levels of expertise developed in marketing and technology, but there had been missed opportunities to capitalize early on trends that could have added even more impetus to development and business success.