Italian Regulator Claims Success In Anti-Illegal Online Gambling Crackdown

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Oct 22, 2018

7,000 illegal online gambling websites shuttered, claims Agency of Customs and Monopolies (ADM)

In its economic and financial update for the year to September 2018 the Italian Agency of Customs and Monopolies (ADM) makes some bold claims, including that it detected and blocked over 10 million attempts by Italian punters to connect with illegal online gambling operators, and has shuttered around 7,000 illegal websites.

The crackdown looks set to continue with greater ferocity following the granting of additional powers to the ADM to better enable it to restrict access to unlicensed operators or websites promoting illegal gambling domains.

The new powers include the right to carry out spot checks and implement more stringent analyses of internet-service provider (ISPs) activity, which has already seen five ISPs fined for failing to comply with monitoring measures and restriction requirements.

Supported by the ADM, Italian enforcement agencies have additionally extended their activity to video-lottery and slot machine inspections, leading to hefty fines and suspended gambling licences.

ADM says its enforcement activities are bearing fruit, with a decrease in violations “in the field.”

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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