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ISPs Reject UK Move Against Offshore Gambling

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

27 January 2014


Internet service providers (ISPs) in the United Kingdom have rejected a request from the government to display warnings to web users who attempt to view poker sites operated from offshore jurisdictions.

The UK's Gambling Commission met with some of the major British broadband providers last week to ask them to warn their customers that unlicensed gambling websites are illegal with so-called "splash" pages, similar to those which confront people who attempt to access child pornography.

However, the ISPs refused to act as "Internet police," arguing that only the courts or Parliament have the authority to enact such a move.

In recent years the British government has been attempting to crack down on gambling companies operating in low-tax jurisdictions which provide online gambling services to customers in the UK. Last year the government announced that it would levy a 15 percent tax on online gambling winnings on a point-of-consumption basis.

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