|The UK’s Remote Gambling Association (RGA) has announced its endorsement of America’s Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative for its efforts to promote the freedom of individuals to gamble online with the proper safeguards.|
London-based RGA has been in operation since 2005 following a merger of the Association of Remote Gambling Operators (ARGO) and the Interactive Gaming, Gambling and Betting Association (IGGBA). It represents some of the largest global online gambling companies including Victor Chandler, Paddy Power, Microgaming and Stan James and aims to provide its members with a single voice on issues of importance to regulators, legislators and key decision makers.
At a recent House Committee on Financial Services in America, the RGA offered evidence to Members of Congress that a regulatory framework for Internet gambling would protect consumers and provide integrity to online gambling financial transactions. The group feels that existing systems and technology have proven successful in combating underage and compulsive gambling as well as protecting Internet gambling transactions.
'The RGA endorses the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative in its mission to support regulated Internet gambling and protect consumers betting online,' said Clive Hawkswood, Chief Executive of RGA.
'Internet gambling is capable of control in order to prevent it from being used as a source of crime. Only through a regulatory framework as championed by the Initiative will the proper protection be in place to guard against money laundering, fraud and identity theft.'
The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative is a Washington-based lobbying group that helps to promote Internet gambling through practices that protect consumers and ensure the integrity of financial transactions. Its aim is to be a resource for information on America’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007 and provide opportunities for individuals, organizations and companies to engage with elected officials.
'The RGA's endorsement is a significant indication of the importance of mobilising support for regulated Internet gambling and we are delighted they are joining our effort,' said Jeffrey Sandman, Spokesman for the Initiative.
'We encourage supporters to visit www.safeandsecure.org to urge members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation to regulate Internet gambling, thereby protecting consumers and capturing billions in revenue that is needed for critical Government programs.'
The Initiative has also received support recently from the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), UC Group, e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance (eCOGRA), and Baker Tilly.