Israeli Online Casino Bill Gets First Reading
By Staff
In Israel, a Member of the Knesset, Amnon Cohen, has introduced a bill that would require Internet service providers to automatically block all sex, gambling and violence-oriented websites.

The proposed law is intended to protect children from viewing violent and pornographic content with access to sites featuring such content by request only. Filtering would be the default option for all packages and customers wishing to view such content would be reuired to identify themselves as an adult by means of valid identification.

The new law would also apply also to content on cellular phones but a number of proposals in the original bill have been dropped, among these biometric identification such as by fingerprints. Also, violation of the new bill would not be considered a criminal offense though it will carry a heavy fine.

However, legal experts in Israel have reported that the proposals, if passed, would be difficult to defend in the High Court of Justice in light of the body’s recent refusal to grant Communications Minister Ariel Atias a list of sites to be blocked.

In addition, the Economic Affairs Committee rejected a bill submitted earlier by Knesset Member Alex Miller, which aimed to force Internet providers to give customers a pamphlet instructing users on how to block websites.

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