Tuesday January 21,2014 : UK ISP'S REJECT GAMBLING COMMISSION REQUEST
Require a court order or legalization to carry out Government proposal
UK internet service providers have reportedly rebuffed the UK Gambling Commission's attempt to introduce warning pages on unlicensed gambling websites, a tactic the Commission says would deter potential customers from playing on what it considers to be illegal websites.
The Government's request precedes the proposed point-of-consumption gambling legalization that it expects to be introduced later this year.
A TalkTalk spokesperson said the company is of the opinion that it is down to customer choice and not for ISP's to decide what content should be accessible.
In a statement, BT said blocking requests would require a court order, but that the Government had other tools at its disposal such as clamping down on illegal advertising on the websites.
In conclusion, the Commission said: “We have been exploring the internet service providers’ approach when faced with clear evidence that sites are unlicensed and engaged in illegal activities. At this stage we are just exploring back-up options as we do not expect illegal sites to be a major issue given the attractiveness and width of the legal offer.”