|In America, The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) has filed its objections to the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and by calling the legislation misguided and potentially harmful.|
The pressure group filed its objections with the Department of Treasury over the agency’s proposed regulations to support UIGEA, which seeks to stop online gambling by disrupting financial transaction channels.
iMEGA stated that UIGEA and its proposed regulations would establish a dangerous precedent for denying Americans’ First Amendment rights and stifle online innovation and commerce. The group also contend that UIGEA would inadequately put children at risk by eliminating the established safeguards offered by banks and credit card companies and have a chilling effect on the privacy rights of Internet users.
“These proposed regulations would limit Americans’ freedom to use the Internet as they see fit in the privacy of their own homes,” said Edward Leyden, President for iMEGA.
“While UIGEA is intended to protect minors and problem gamblers, the law ironically makes these groups more vulnerable by targeting US banks and credit card companies whose identity verification, fraud prevention and credit profiling systems protect online consumers every day. This is a dangerous precedent that must be corrected to preserve our digital civil rights.
“The Internet is indispensable to our economy and our freedom and we implore Congress to join in a bipartisan effort to preserve Americans digital civil rights and to enact legislation that will guarantee these rights and prevent future abuse.”