France, Italy And Austria May Get In Trouble For Banning Online Gambling
from the different-continents,-different-rules dept
While the US is going out of its way to ban online gambling, it appears that some European countries aren't going to have it that easy. The European Commission is threatening legal action against France, Italy and Austria for their own efforts to stop online gambling. Similar to the situation in the US where some online gambling executives have been arrested recently, France apparently arrested some online gambling execs as well. However, the European Commission charges that some of these activities may go against certain EU-wide laws that mandate open access to services throughout the EU. The specific problem here is that it appears these countries have state monopolies on gambling. So, they allow it, but only if they're the ones running it -- and that policy is what's causing the problems. In other words, the problem here isn't necessarily having to do with any sense of morality or protecting people, but more about who gets to profit from the gambling (though, of course, some would argue that's really what's at work here in the US as well).