Germany to Stomp Net Gambling?

28 May 1999
According to an report, Germany's Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Office of IT Security, and the Federal Criminal Police Office will develop an Internet search engine designed to help law enforcement officials monitor online crime. Gambling has been listed among criminal activity to be focused.

The engine would aim to minimize the transmission of "illegal" online material by supplying evidence and aiding in the location of offenders.

Secretary of State at the German Ministry of the Interior Claus Henning Schapper, who announced the plans, said, "The range of criminal activity on the Internet is extremely worrying. It runs from gambling, infringement of intellectual property rights, to the offer for sale of stolen goods, drugs and weapons."