Cyber-Gambling in Europe
By Paul
According to a report on the SKAT.DK site, the Danes are the latest country to take notice of the Internet’s implications for gambling. The Danes have thus far taken the line that Gaming regulation should be nationally defined and controlled.

Gambling is a strictly controlled state monopoly in Denmark, but a report released last week by a Danish government committee studying online gambling suggests that this national control is being undermined by the international nature of the Internet.

According to the report, entitled ‘The future of gaming in Denmark - the need for unified gaming legislation’ “In order to contain the threat from foreign gaming providers illegally marketing their games in Denmark, it is proposed that the state should take measures to block payment transactions to foreign providers. At the same time, attractive Danish games should be offered on the Internet. As both the USA and the majority of the European countries oppose a global gaming market, it should prove possible in the long term to firmly cement the principle of nationally regulated gaming markets in international agreements.'

The committee, however, recommends against following the current US legislative efforts, stating that such an approach would be “neither a realistic nor a desirable strategy in Denmark. Gaming is already ingrained in daily life and as Internet is increasingly becoming one of Danish society's most important communications and entertainment media, it seems unnatural to prohibit gaming on the Internet.”

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