Banks Don't Like Idea Of Having To Pay For Crackdown On Online Gambling
from the wrong-focus dept
One of the problems with government regulations is that they don't exist in a vacuum; it's hard to implement something in isolation without causing unintended consequences. We've already seen this in the crackdown on online gambling, as the arrest of the BETonSPORTS CEO only served to keep industry executives from meeting in the US. Now banks are stepping up to oppose the anti-gambling measures before congress, citing a technical challenge in implementing a block on money transfers to gambling sites. The current system isn't designed to indicate what type of business is on the other end of the transfer, meaning a significant overhaul -- at the bank's expense -- would likely be required. Like issues of ISP liability for illegal activity done by their users, targeting banks places an undue burden on the wrong party. If the government insists on criminalizing voluntary online activity, then it should target the actual perpetrators, not companies that are ill-equipped to deal with the problem.