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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Assessing a month of mounting challenges for the betting industry.

August 2017 was not a kind month for the online gambling sector. David Clifton breaks down three standout events that have placed social responsibility practices at the forefront of industry debate and concerns…. _______________________ There are three standout stories in the betting licensing and regulatory sphere from the last month. There is a common social responsibility thread running through all …

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David Clifton – Don’t gamble on your affiliates

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In my December 2016 article for SBC News, I wrote about affiliates coming into the ICO’s firing line, which in turn leaves gambling operators facing liability for affiliates’ data protection misdemeanours – a situation that will hit home even harder when the recently announced Data Protection Bill is published by Parliament and, subsequently, when the General Data Protection Regulation comes …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Grave new world order for British gambling operators

At the end of May, Tim Miller, Executive Director at the UK’s Gambling Commission made a speech at the IAGA International Gaming Summit in New York. Just over a month later, the Commission unveiled its new enforcement strategy, intended “to ensure operators put customers first and raise standards” in the words of Sarah Harrison, the Commission’s Chief Executive. These two …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – GBGA Tax Ruling… Are all bets now off in Gibraltar?

Almost a year ago, the Government of Gibraltar issued a statement following the Brexit vote in which it said that it had been working closely with the remote gambling industry in Gibraltar following that vote and had assured them of its support and vision for the sector in the short, medium and long term. It went on to confirm that …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – UKGC review of 888 is not necessarily a 999 scenario

The shockwaves have subsided a bit since the 15 May announcement by 888 Holdings PLC that the UK Gambling Commission has commenced a review of the operating licence held by one of its subsidiary companies. The Commission has so far made no public comment on the subject but that is not unusual, as it will only announce publicly that it …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)…Change is on the way

Last month the Gambling Commission announced the results of its review of complaints processes in the gambling industry, carried out one year after the introduction of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme. As matters stand, ADR providers can look only at disputes about the outcome of a gambling transaction, rather than the way a gambling business is being run, which …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling participation & public perceptions of gambling

In last month’s article for SBC News, I wrote about the Gambling Commission’s consultation “Changes to our enforcement strategy: putting the consumer first” that runs until 21 April 2017. I referred to recent speeches given by the Commission’s Chief Executive Sarah Harrison in November and February that, foreshadowing the Commission’s new enforcement mission statement, set out its reinforced focus on …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Return of the Enforcer!

Some of you may remember “The Enforcer”, the third in the Dirty Harry film series, starring Clint Eastwood as Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan. The critic’s reviews were initially poor – Eastwood was named “Worst Actor of the Year” by the Harvard Lampoon – but the film was a major commercial success. Now, 41 years later, Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive of …

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David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Not only changed licensing fees but also a new type of licence

In his January 3rd posting “Gambling Commission justifies remote licence fee increases” Andy McCarron MD of SBC referred to the changes to the Commission’s annual fee structure that will come into effect from April this year. Those changes were announced in the DCMS “Proposals for Gambling Commission fees from April 2017 – consultation response” document that was published just prior …

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David Clifton – Licensing Expert – Affiliates (and operators) in the ICO’s firing line

Although they may not fully appreciate it, under British gambling laws, affiliates presently occupy a privileged position. Despite them providing marketing services designed to drive customer traffic to licensed betting websites, the Gambling Commission does not regard them as falling within the statutory definition of a betting intermediary, ie “a person who provides a service designed to facilitate the making …

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