|British Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell has taken the unusual step of criticising the United States government over the recent passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, claiming that the law has the potential to become the modern day equivalent of prohibition. Speaking to the London Financial Times, Ms Jowell said, 'America should have learned the lessons of prohibition.”|
Ms Jowell expressed concern that fraudlent companies could step into the hole created by major companies pulling out of the US, thus helping create a black market that does not protect consumers. She said that there were three ways to deal with online gaming. 'You can prohibit, like the US, do nothing, or regulate, like we have.'
She was speaking ahead of the first ever international summit of remote gambling, due to take place at Royal Ascot next week. Ms Jowell hopes to kick start a debate on regulating remote gambling worldwide, in order to eliminate crime and protect consumers.