ACMA calls for ISPs to block more illegal gambling and affiliate sites

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has urged ISPs to do more to prevent illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing sites from operating.
Website blocking is one of several safeguards used by the regulator to combat illegal online gambling and protect consumers.
Following an investigation, the ACMA discovered a number of sites that were operating in violation of the terms of the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001.

The authority named sites such as Casino Moons, Winnerama, Extra Vegas, and Win Paradise as services that should be blocked by ISPs in a list published on its website.

Over 170 illegal services left the Australian market after the AMCA began enforcing illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017. Furthermore, since the ACMA’s first blocking request in 2019, ISPs have blocked the services of 568 illegal gambling and affiliate websites.

The authority then issued a warning to consumers, reminding them of the dangers of using illegal gambling services, before directing them to the ACMA register, where wagering platform licenses can be checked.

The ACMA issued an official warning to supplier Proxous Advanced Solutions earlier this month.

Proxous was accused of knowingly sub-licensing its Realtime Gaming (RTG) branded software products to 13 online casinos that were illegally offering their services to Australians, according to the authority.

The ACMA had never previously issued an official warning against a company for its “involvement in an illegal gambling operation through supplying software.”

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