British Columbia's online gambling record has reached the ears of American lawmakers - as a bad example. Over the summer, during a financial services committee hearing, Alabama Representative Spencer Bachus invoked a Vancouver Sun story in which then solicitor general Mike de Jong expressed concerns about the potential for misuse of online gambling sites by organized crime. Mr. Bachus used the article - which was published on July 20, 2010 and read into the congressional record a day later - to raise questions about whether American online casinos will actually be safe, as their supporters have claimed. On July 21, the Times Colonist published additional information that would have strengthened the representative's case, reporting 12 of British Columbia Lottery Corp.'s online players had their private information exposed as a result of a "data crossover."
January 14, 2011