The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has ordered the blocking of Wild Blaster and BetUS due to their illegal gambling operations in the country. Both websites were found to be in violation of the Interactive Gambling Act 2001, prompting ACMA to request Australian ISPs to block access to these sites.
ACMA's authority to block websites is exercised when operators offer prohibited interactive gambling services to Australian customers, including those without a valid Australian license. In addition, ACMA can take action against websites that advertise prohibited gambling services or unlicensed gambling.
This latest move by ACMA is part of its persistent efforts to curb illegal online gambling in Australia. Since making its first blocking request in November 2019, ACMA has successfully blocked 863 illegal gambling and affiliate sites. Furthermore, 218 illegal services have exited the Australian market due to ACMA's enforcement of offshore gambling regulations initiated in 2017.
It's important to note that Australians who use illegal gambling services are not protected by Australian laws, leaving them vulnerable in case of disputes or issues with these services.
ACMA's action against Wild Blaster and BetUS aligns with its ongoing commitment to enforce online gambling regulations and maintain the integrity of the Australian gambling market.
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