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

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has called on ISPs to do more to block the operations of illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing sites.

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has called on ISPs to do more to block the operations of illegal offshore gambling and affiliate marketing sites.

Website blocking is one of a range of protective measures employed by the regulator to combat illegal online gambling and protect consumers.

After an investigation, the ACMA found a number of sites that were operating contrary to terms set out in the Interactive Gambling Act 2001.

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

After the AMCA first began enforcing illegal offshore gambling rules in 2017, over 170 illegal services withdrew from the Australian market.

Additionally, since the ACMA’s first blocking request in 2019, a total of 568 illegal gambling and affiliate websites have had their services blocked by ISPs.

The authority went on to issue a caution to consumers, reminding them of the risks associated with using illegal gambling services, before directing them to the ACMA register where wagering platform licences can be checked.

Earlier this month, the ACMA issued an official warning to supplier Proxous Advanced Solutions.

The authority alleged that Proxous knowingly sub-licensed its Realtime Gaming (RTG) branded software products to 13 online casinos that were illegally offering their services to Australians.

The move came as a first for the ACMA, having never before issued an official warning against a company for its “involvement in an illegal gambling operation through supplying software.”

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