When surfing the Internet, we all expect a certain level of anonymity. While we all know that our IP address can be recorded, as well as data gathered from web browsers, we all expect to have much of our personal information protected. In fact, there are many laws in place designed specifically for online consumer privacy. However, online gambling is changing internet privacy once and for all.
In order to offer online gambling, each state must ensure that their approved online gambling sites have built-in security features to ensure that gamblers are both of age, and from within the geographic boundaries of that particular state. While these protocols are essential and logical, it also means that more personal consumer information must be gathered by doing far more than typing an age or address into the appropriate on-screen fields.
Central Account Management System (CAMS), for example, provides player verification and payment processing for online casinos in New Jersey. In a recent interview, CAMS CEO Matthew Katz stated, “This industry is forcing a massive change in how the Internet works.” This is because online gambling is forcing the need to know precisely who is online—and exactly where they are. It even needs to be able to verify if someone who lives in a state that allows legalized online gambling tries to login to gamble online while traveling out of state.
Overall, the requirement to comply with online gambling laws is forcing more invasive compliance measures that will affect the Internet as a whole, some experts believe. Since gamblers may try to participate in online gambling from other states and countries, closer observation may need to befall all states across the nation where real money online gaming is not yet regulated.