New Jersey Addresses Security Concerns in Update to iGaming Regulations
With three states in the nation already having enacted legislation that will permit residents to place wagers over the Internet – those being New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware – there are many on both sides of the issue who question whether or not security surrounding real-money online betting in the United States will be tight enough to prevent such things like fraud and access by underage would-be gamblers.
New Jersey, whose iGaming web sites have not yet gone live, has recently updated its online betting regulations in an effort to address some of those security concerns.
Summary of noteworthy changes to existing regulation
The original regulation was released to the public just about two months ago, back on June 3rd. The new updates, publicized by the New Jersey Department of Gaming Enforcement, will be available for public comment for a 60-day period.
Some of the most notable changes include such things as a timing out of logins, which will occur if there is a period of 15 minutes of inactivity. At that point, users will be required to re-enter their login and password information to regain access to the games.
As for those logins – players will be able to enter the sites much like they do with any other Internet-based account, by using a combination of a login and a password. Users will also have the option to use a “strong authentication,” which most likely will involve a series of security questions and answers, or perhaps going even further to entail biometric verification. Accounts will be locked if there are three consecutive unsuccessful login attempts.
One change is a downshift in security
And while most of the changes have to do with strengthening security measures, one of the amendments actually represents a downgrade in security. In the previous draft of the regulations, players who desired to cash out directly to their bank, that is to say use a method similar to a direct deposit with winnings going straight into an account of the player’s choosing, would have been required to do so by registering said accounts in person at a land-based Atlantic City casino property.
The updated regulations no longer require such a visit. Under the new terms, players will not be forced to do this in person.
Some grumbling about inconvenience
Naturally, there is already a bit of complaining being heard with regard to the Department’s newly-released changes, however the overall reaction should be positive, as all of these steps are being taken with player security in mind. Particularly in the United States, where the online gambling market has occupied a legal grey area for years with many untrustworthy, offshore operators dominating the industry, many online poker players have long called for more stringent security measures.
While players might find that there are a few more steps, and a few more instances of having to re-enter login and password information, ultimately the Department is acting in the best interest of players and the security of their financial and personal information.
Real-money online gambling sites are expected to go live in New Jersey right around the time of the Thanksgiving holiday, specifically on November 26. In New Jersey, comprehensive Internet betting will be permitted, with online casino games like roulette and blackjack slated to be on offer in addition to online poker. The same is true in Delaware.
By contrast, the state of Nevada has only regulated the game of online poker, to the exclusion of all other forms of online wagering.
The full text of the regulatory changes can be found here.
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