|According to numerous reports, an Australian Federal agency has compiled a second blacklist of illegal online gambling sites and is sending it to Internet service providers and content filtering companies so that they can update their lists of banned URLs.|
Catching many industry observers off guard, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) produced the list of around 800 web pages deemed 'unsuitable for public consumption’ only three months after circulating a similar register for service providers to block.
'We asked ACMA what was going on and were told that these were illegal gambling websites that had been identified by the Federal Government as inappropriate,' said an industry source.
'We had never received two lists before so that caused some confusion.'
The agency stated that it was normal practice to distribute a single list including prohibited online gambling pages but said the second inventory was down to the high number of complaints about illegal online gambling sites received in October that are only now being resolved.
The ACMA was formed in July of 2005 after the merger of the Australian Communications Authority and Australian Broadcasting Authority and is responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, radio, telecommunications and online content.