Internet Gambling

Susanna Frederick Fischer, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

Introduction: Security Risks and Other Challenges of Internet Gambling

Phenomenal Growth of Internet Gambling

Security and Privacy Issues for Internet Gambling

Security Problems

Privacy Violations

Protecting Yourself from Security and Privacy Violations

Debate over Prohibition or Regulation

The Case for Prohibition of Internet Gambling

The Case Against Prohibition: A More Limited Regulatory Approach

The Case Against Prohibition: A Market-Based Approach

Current Regulation of Internet Gambling

Legal Regulation of Internet Gambling in the United States

Federal Law

Proposed Federal Legislation

State Law

Targeting Gambling Payments

Regulation of Internet Gambling in the Rest of the World

Conclusion: The Future of Internet Gambling

Acknowledgments

Glossary

Cross References

References

INTRODUCTION: SECURITY RISKS AND OTHER CHALLENGES OF INTERNET GAMBLING

The U.S. General Accounting Office has defined Internet gambling as “any activity that takes place via the Internet and that includes placing a bet or wager” (U.S. General Accounting Office, 2002, p. 1). Many types of gambling activity take place online, including casino-style games (like blackjack, poker, or roulette), pari-mutuel wagering (such as wagering on horse races, dog races, or jai alai), lotteries, sports wagering, and bingo. Nonexistent before the mid-1990s, Internet gambling is now easily available to anyone with access ...

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