Also in September 2006, just before adjourning for the midterm elections, both the House of Representatives and Senate passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (as a section of the unrelated SAFE Port Act) to make transactions from banks or similar institutions to online gambling sites illegal. This differed from a previous bill passed only by the House that expanded the scope of the Wire Act. The passed bill only addressed banking issues. The Act was signed into law on October 13, 2006, by President George W. Bush. At the UIGEA bill-signing ceremony, Bush did not mention the Internet gambling measure, which was supported by the National Football League but opposed by banking groups. The regulation called for in the UIGEA was issued in November 2008.
Real money online casinos are protected by highly advanced security features to ensure that the financial and personal data of their players is kept safely protected. The legitimate sites that we list as the best also have a solid reputation for ensuring their customer data is truly safe, keeping up with data protection and privacy legislation. The real cash slot machines and gaming tables are also audited by an external regulated security company to ensure their integrity.
Another reason you can rely on our rankings is that we work very hard to ensure that they are kept accurate and up to date. This is more difficult than you might think, as things change a lot in the online gambling industry. Relatively speaking, the industry is still in its infancy. It has evolved at a rapid pace since its early days and continues to do so.
On March 5, 2009, France proposed new laws to regulate and tax Internet gambling. Budget minister Eric Woerth stated the French gambling market would expand to adapt to "Internet reality." He further stated "Rather than banning 25,000 websites, we'd rather give licenses to those who will respect public and social order." Betting exchanges, however, will remain illegal under the new plans.
In September 2006, Sportingbet reported that its chairman, Peter Dicks, was detained in New York City on a Louisiana warrant while traveling in the United States on business unrelated to online gaming. Louisiana is one of the few states that has a specific law prohibiting gambling online. At the end of the month, New York dismissed the Louisiana warrant.
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