Category Archive: France
The possibility for betting shops run under a foreign gambling license (the CTDs) to be authorised to operate in Italy through a procedure set out by a recent law might open a new page in the sports betting sector. But the number of shops that will decide to adhere to such procedure is still a question mark.
The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a preliminary opinion that addresses some of the issues and convergences in EU data protection, consumer protection and competition laws that are not up to date with the current development of big data. The EDPS aims to open the floor towards international regulators and experts in these fields to promote growth and innovation as well as consumers’ welfare, including a workshop in Brussels on 2 June 2014.
Recently there has been a huge growth in the marketing of “free” online services that require the provision of personal data in exchange, which calls for the need for enhanced consumer protection. Also, in markets where powerful players may refuse access to personal information and apply inconsistent privacy policies, there is a need to define the standard of consumer harm and market dominance within the anti-competition rules. The EDPS believes that these issues must be explored together with regulators and experts in this field to support consumer choice and privacy, and stimulate the market for privacy-enhancing services in Europe.
The preliminary opinion sets out the background to the digital economy, the legal framework for data protection, competition and consumer protection and the interfaces between these areas. For more information, see the link to the preliminary opinion.
Gambling regulators of France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the UK joined last week the Italian online gambling regulator in Rome to discuss about the future of the European gambling sector that might lead to some improvements as well as some concerns especially for game suppliers.
Having passed the Statutes Amendment (Gambling Reform) Act 2013 (SA) (as we have previously discussed here), the South Australian Government has now set its sights on ensuring that South Australian children are not exposed to simulated gambling in the online environment. Premier Jay Wetherill has announced his Government’s new Children, Technology and Gambling policy which is designed to keep children safe from the “onslaught of gambling-like games that are readily available online and through social media“.
Lottomatica/GTech and SNAI have informed the market that they decided to settle the fines imposed on Italian videolottery concessionaires referred in this post paying an amount between 25% and 30% of fines initially awarded.