Technology Knows BestPublished August 13, 2007 by OCR Editor
International precedents, industry experts and common sense say technological tools can solve age verification issues, one of the core reasons for the US ban on online gambling in the first place, better than any other.
One of the concerns that have motivated the ban initiators and is lingering in the US debate on the issue is underage gambling. While the initial reaction was to ban all betting activity on the Internet as a means to protect underage gamblers, other voices are being heard.
Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative (SSIGI), an American pressure group, has released an announcement, which says new technologies can do the job as well, if not better. Age verification technologies have been developed so as to stand up to the task, while allowing gamblers of legal age to gamble as they wish.
The announcement follows and is used by US Congressman Barney Frank and his bill that will re-introduce the industry in the country and reverse the tide against online gambling, named the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act legislation. The opinions of experts quoted in the announcement can potentially convince some skeptics or simply draw enough support to pass the proposed bill.
In fact, it is not surprising. The UK, with its embrace of the industry, has been running such underage gamblers protection technologies. This is the case in other countries that have regulated their markets. Michael Colopy of Aristotle Inc. is quoted in the announcement saying the technologies are more accurate and efficient than scanning driver's licenses "that suffices for alcohol or cigarette purchases in America's neighborhoods."