The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) officially announced that it would ask Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) expose more illegal online gambling sites.
The country's communications and media services watchdog said it had received several complaints about the country 18 offshore gambling websites who have offered their services to local customers without an operating license. After an investigation, the regulator found that the overseas gambling websites were up and running in violation of the Australian Interactive Gambling Act 2001.
Some of the websites to be blocked by the Australian ISPs include Syndicate Casino, Fast Pay Casino, 7-Bit Casino, BitStarz, Joo Casino, Loki Casino, Casino Nic, Wild Card City, iLucki , the Joka VIP Room, the King Billy Casino and Golden Star Casino, Woo Casino, Bet Chain, King Johnnie, Gunsbet, Get Slots and Spinago.
In a statement released on February 18, the Australian Competition and Media Authority urged local customers to ensure this Withdraw your money from the above sites as soon as possible.
The ACMA also reminded that website blocking is illegal one of the enforcement options available to the regulator to protect local consumers from illegal offshore gambling sites. A total of 222 illegal gambling websites were exposed since the competition and media authority completed its first blocking application in November 2019.
ACMA sees the blocking of gambling websites as a means of raising public awareness
The Australian Communications and Media Authority stated so Suspending Gambling Websites This does not comply with the offshore gambling rules of the country and provides a valuable opportunity to reach the public Knowledge of illegal gambling services and the negative consequences that can result from the use of such services by the messages that are displayed when users try to access the blocked website.
Due to the above enforcement options given to the ACMA, and in particular the watchdog's rights to ban illegal online gambling sites, more than 100 illegal gambling service providers have volunteered withdrawn from the Australian market since the agency officially started enforcing the new rules for illegal offshore gambling in 2017.
The blocking requests come after the ACMA reminded all licensed gaming providers in the country in November 2020 that they are expected to comply Australia's Rules for Gambling Advertising. Previously, the regulator had identified and uncovered some inconsistencies in the way a number of gambling companies had interpreted the country's existing regulations for the sector.
As mentioned above, this is not the first time ACMA has requested Australians Internet service providers prohibit online gambling sites who work without the required license. The last time the regulator called for such action was in November 2020 when four illegal offshore gambling websites were blocked – Viggoslots, Gibson Casino, Malibu Club Casino and Always Vegas.
Olivia Cole has worked as a journalist for several years. In the past few years she has written about a number of industries and developed an interest in the UK gambling market.