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Poland threatens to prosecute online gamblers

As the world moves forward with global trading, technology which can put you in touch with people on the other side of the world in real time and open borders across Europe, Poland wants to step back into the dark ages and prosecute online gamblers for betting offshore. Not even America tries that ridiculous tactic....

Poland threatens to prosecute online gamblers

An act passed in October 2009 banned online gambling and related advertising, but the ban has clearly not been effective. In early 2010 the government even proposed an internet filter system to take control of internet gambling by blocking foreign-hosted gambling sites, but after petitions were sent to President Lech KaczyƄski criticizing the plan, the idea was eventually abandoned.

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The new laws, according to the Warsaw Business Journal, would allow individual gamblers to be prosecuted for using foreign-hosted gambling sites. It would also severely restrict the rules surrounding advertising, bringing foreign gambling adverts under the control of Polish law. Whether or not such radical gambling laws would be approved by the European Court of Justice remains to be seen.


Madness.

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