Online gambling and online betting (พนันออนไลน์) tends to grow and become more popular. Due to the borderlessness and anonymity of users, which are the characteristics of the Internet world. This allows online gambling to be more convenient to access.
Expansion of online gambling calls for legal measures
The expansion of online gambling has caused a stir in many areas. Including legal aspects, many countries have reviewed and studied the legal measures that can be used to regulate online gambling. both to solve immediate problems and to be used to control online gambling in the future.
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Thailand is also one of the countries that are actively seeking legal measures to support the current online gambling phenomenon. The legal measure that Thailand has adopted to deal with online gambling and other types of gambling that the gambling law does not provide is that by virtue of Section 4 bis of the Gambling Act, 1935, online gambling is considered gambling. illegal and take measures to block access or ‘block’ websites that allow online gambling It is considered content that is contrary to good morals under Section 20 of the Computer Crime Act B.E. 2551
The amendment to the law to deal with online gambling
In the draft of the Gambling Act that was considered by the Council of State in 2016, the provisions relating to online gambling were added to Article 36 by stipulating that Providing play or gambling “Use communication methods that are separated by distance. or send a message through radio frequency by phone or through various systems or any other method of similar nature” is an offense and shall be liable to twice the penalty rate for gambling in a normal place.
It can be seen that the legal measures taken to regulate online gambling in accordance with the Thai Gambling Act focus on increasing the penalties for actions that already have a pre-existing offense. And prosecution of offenders still requires other laws, especially the Computer Crime Act. This could be said to be an end-to-end solution. It is an action after an offense under the Gambling Act has occurred.
Main legal measures adopted in the United Kingdom and the United States
A study of legal measures pertaining to international online gambling, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, found that the laws of both countries are diverse and do not focus on penalizing online gambling operators and players. but alone But legal restrictions have been created. framing legal online gambling activities Placing a control system and monitoring online gambling activities covers many aspects. From the beginning of the online gambling activities to the action against those who break the law.
Overall, there are two main legal measures adopted in the US online gambling regulation: limiting advertising and dissemination of information about the provision of gambling through telecommunication and information technology and limiting the routes of gambling. Transactions of online gambling operators with gamblers The real objective is to create barriers to conducting online gambling business for both gamblers and online gambling businesses. When it is not convenient to access online gambling activities The motivation for access and business is inevitable. As a result of access restriction measures, there has been a slowdown in the growth of online gambling activity.
In summary, it’s time to improve gambling laws in Thailand. Establishing strict, comprehensive, and effective legal measures to control online gambling This may be considered as an example of the legal measures used to regulate online gambling in the United Kingdom and the United States. They share a common ground, which is to define clearly the terms related to gambling and to define the scope of their enforcement, both the device, the method, and the person under the law. The main objective of the law must be focused on establishing measures to prevent and monitor online gambling activities from the beginning. The focus should not be on criminal prosecution.