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Leading Cyber-Security and Child Safety Advocate on Federal Online Gaming Ban: “It protects no one, least of all children”

October 28, 2015

For Immediate Release: October 28, 2015
Contact: Alison Siciliano, 202-436-5565/aharden@c4cop.com
Kristen Hawn, 202-320-3792/khawn@c4cop.com

Leading Cyber-Security and Child Safety Advocate on Federal Online Gaming Ban: “It protects no one, least of all children”

Washington, DC – Today, Parry Aftab, a leading cyber safety expert, child advocate and director of WiredSafety, the world’s oldest and largest online safety and self-help group, issued the following statement in opposition to “Restoration of America’s Wire Act,” a bill that would ban online gaming across the country. WiredSafety works in four major areas: help for online victims of cybercrime and harassment; assisting law enforcement worldwide on preventing and investigating cybercrimes; education; and providing information on all aspects of online safety, privacy and security.

“Attempting a federal ban on all online gaming nationwide is tantamount to burying our heads in the sand: it protects no one, least of all children. The only way to address online gaming risks to children, seniors, problem gamblers and others is by regulating it and enforcing best practices – not by trying to wish it away.

“Americans currently spend approximately $3 billion per year on offshore unregulated Internet gaming. Given this huge demand, the only way to effectively protect vulnerable populations and children is to subject trustworthy companies to strict regulation that will manage the risks and provide governmental oversight, and drive the rogue operators out of the market. States that have chosen to regulate this activity have demonstrated that regulation, coupled with technological safeguards, is very effective.

“Without providing a well-regulated opportunity for safe and legal online gaming, the U.S. will continue to find itself in the unfortunate position of being helpless to protect consumers and children online.”

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