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Betway Ltd. awarded ISO 27001 certification

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Worldwide standard for information security achieved by Betway Ltd. following accredited certification by eCOGRA

 

Betway Ltd. has gained its ISO 27001 certificate, the worldwide standard for information security, demonstrating the company’s commitment to handling customer data safely and securely.

The externally accredited certification has been awarded by trusted international testing agency eCOGRA.

Benefits of being ISO 27001 certified include helping to tighten, improve and secure 3rd party supplier contracts and management, as well as facilitating the process of applying for licences in new territories.

Betway CEO Anthony Werkman said: “We’re delighted to be awarded our ISO 27001 certification, which shows that we are going above and beyond when it comes to protecting the security of our customers’ data.

“Many of the technical standards of a Great Britain gambling licence are incorporated into ISO 27001 and we believe it is the right direction of travel for us as a responsible operator.

“Data protection and security has never been more important following the introduction of GDPR, so it is vital that companies such as us not only treat their customers’ data with the utmost care, but can demonstrate their compliance against international standards.”

Bradley Khoury, eCOGRA Chief Technical Officer and Certified ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, commented: “This certification now places Betway amongst a limited number of online gambling organisations that have achieved this prestigious certification.

Online gambling regulators are increasingly recognising the value of the ISO 27001 certification, with many jurisdictions waiving certain security auditing requirements if the relevant parties are certified.

As the only online gambling test laboratory that is accredited to offer ISO 27001 certification, eCOGRA is uniquely placed to help gambling organisations through this process. ”

Betway currently holds licences in Great Britain, Malta, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Ireland.

 

About the Betway Group:

The Betway Group is a leading provider of first-class entertainment across sports betting, casino, bingo and poker. Launched in 2006, the company operates across a number of regulated online markets and holds licences in the UK, Malta, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Ireland. Based in Malta and Guernsey, with support from London, Isle of Man, Stockholm and Cape Town, the Betway team comprises over 1,000 people.

Betway prides itself on providing its customers with a bespoke, fun and informed betting experience, supported by a safe and secure environment. Betway is a member of several prominent industry-related bodies, including ESSA, the Independent Betting Adjudication Service (IBAS) and the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), and is accredited by trusted international testing agency eCOGRA. It is also a partner of the Professional Players Federation (PPF) and is a donor to the Responsible Gambling Trust.

In addition to the flagship Betway brand, the Betway Group operates a number of other brands including Dream Bingo, Bingo on the Box, Spin Casino and the Hippodrome Online Casino. For more information about Betway’s various products and licenced brands, please visit www.betwaygroup.com.

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Greece to amend casino license law

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The Greek Parliament has proposed an amendment to the casino license law. The amendment seeks changes in the terms and conditions required to operate a casino in the country. The country’s Finance Ministry is studying the proposed amendment.

The amendment aims to define new terms and conditions for sanctioning casino licenses. It is said that US investors who are interested to fund casinos in the country want clear framework and the modifications are being done at their behest. The new amendment also touches on a number of important issues, such as minimum standards for serving up each type of casino and regulations for small-scale and large-scale casino operations. Smaller-scale casinos, for whom 15-year licenses would be issued, can feature four-star hotels, shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, and the licences could last up to 15 years.

Large-scale facilities, which will get licenses up to 30 years, can feature at least five-star hotels, a golf course, a conference centre, and a spa, among other things.

The amendment clearly states that the minimum capital for a small-scale casino licence is set at €500k, and times to €5 million after five years of operations. Large-scale casino licences’ minimum capital rises to €1 million and €10 million after five years.

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Nektan Enhances Its Regulatory Compliance Through Partnership With SMP Compliance Academy

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SMP Compliance Academy has today announced a partnership with Nektan PLC, the fast-growing international gaming technology platform and casino services provider, to further strengthen its compliance and regulatory training programme.

The Compliance Academy, developed by Isle of Man-based SMP eGaming, provides CPD accredited multi-jurisdictional compliance and regulatory training content to gaming professionals and operators. It has quickly established itself as one of the most trusted compliance training portals within the industry.

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Gibraltar, Nektan has a thriving global network of more than 145 white label online casinos and a growing list of large, tier one B2B operator partners. It has a diverse portfolio of content across its proprietary casino platforms, including more than 700 games on its white label platform, Evolve, and 536 games on E-Lite, its content distribution platform.

Malcolm Campbell, Head of Compliance at Nektan, said: ‘Every aspect of compliance, including security, social responsibility and customer care, is at the heart of our business model. The SMP Compliance Academy is fast becoming an essential tool for gaming professionals to stay on top of regulatory requirements, so choosing to partner with them, was an easy decision for us.

‘Its online training platform offers bespoke, continually updated and engaging content that meets the diverse needs of our ever-growing global casino networks. The partnership with SMP will reinforce our compliance and regulatory efforts as we strive to become the global leader in providing the richest, most robust and socially responsible casino platforms and services within the igaming industry.’

Ted Pepper, Director at SMP eGaming, said: ‘This partnership is another great endorsement of the Academy. It’s encouraging to see another highly reputable industry specialist recognise our expertise and the quality of the regulatory and compliance content that we provide through the platform.

‘We’re looking forward to working closely with Nektan to provide a bespoke compliance and regulatory training solution that compliments its pre-existing cohesive culture of compliance that runs throughout the organisation.’

SMP Compliance Academy is training partners with many of the industry’s largest players including Betfred, Microgaming, William Hill, FSB Tech, Colossusbets and Betcris.

 

 

About SMP eGaming:

SMP eGaming Limited is the e-gaming division of leading corporate and trust services provider, the SMP Partners Group of Companies. It provides objective and unbiased, multi-jurisdictional licensing, regulatory and compliance advice and support to established and early stage e-gaming operators, platform and software providers. Internationally recognised, SMP eGaming is headquartered in the Isle of Man with offices in Malta and Jersey, and comprises of a team of over 30 multi-disciplined gaming professionals. Having successfully advised and guided over 75 gaming operators and software providers through the licensing process across multiple-jurisdictions – Isle of Man, UK, Jersey, Malta, and Curacao, SMP eGaming have acquired a unique insight into the international online gaming sector. For more information please visit our website: www.smpegaming.com

 

About Nektan:

Nektan is an international B2B and white label gaming software and services provider, operating in the regulated, interactive real money gaming (RMG) space, delivering original and innovative solutions to commercial organisations that have established online audiences.

Nektan’s full end-to-end technology platform, Evolve, simplifies and supports the route to mobile and desktop gaming revenues, managing the full customer experience and back-office operations, allowing commercial partners to focus on marketing the product to their consumers.

Nektan’s US operating subsidiary, provides US land-based casinos with in-venue mobile gaming solutions which allow operators to add mobile technology and content to their existing offerings, with products accessible to players across both cabinets and mobile devices inside the casinos. Respin has a strong intellectual property portfolio including game patents for Rapid Games™ (on-property mobile entertainment), and other captivating concepts and brands.

Nektan is headquartered in Gibraltar, regulated by the Gibraltar Licensing Authority and the UK Gambling Commission, as well as in the Irish market and maintains sales and customer support operations in its two primary geographical targets, Europe and North America.  The proprietary Evolve technology is developed and maintained by a talented and experienced team of employees from Nektan’s Indian office.

Nektan plc was admitted to the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in November 2014. Further information on Nektan can be found on the Group’s website at: www.nektan.com

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New Study: Europeans Are Not Fully Protected By EU Rules For Online Gambling

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New Study: Europeans Are Not Fully Protected By EU Rules For Online Gambling
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All EU member states, except Denmark, have not fully implemented EU consumer protection guidelines for online gambling, putting the protection of online gamblers at risk by leaving them exposed to unequal and inadequate levels of consumer protection across EU member states, according to a new study published by the City University London and commissioned by the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).

The study reviewed the implementation of selected key provisions of the principles of the European Commission’s Recommendation 2014/478/EU across EU Member States, including players’ identification, minors’ protection & social responsibilities measures, and found that major gaps exist.

The study finds that the primary objective of the Commission’s guidelines – to fully protect all online gamblers in Europe – has not been achieved. The regulation of online gambling substantially diverges between Member States and this has exposed online players to varied levels of consumer protection.

Key findings of the study:

General

  • The primary objective of the European Commission’s Recommendation has not been achieved. Regulation of online gambling substantially diverges between Member States exposing online players to varied levels of consumer
  • Only one jurisdiction (Denmark) has implemented the Recommendation fully.

Players’ identification & verification requirements

  • 25 countries legally require online players to open an online gambling account in order to play.
  • 22 countries require players’ identities to be verified upon application to open a gambling account.

Minors’ protection

  • All countries impose a minimum age requirement for gambling, with 22 countries setting a uniform age restriction at 18 years of age for all types of online gambling.
  • 13 countries require ‘no underage gambling’ sign to be displayed on or during commercial advertisements

Social responsibilities’ measures

  • 23 countries oblige operators to offer self-exclusion facilities for online players.
  • 14 countries have established national self-exclusion registers.
  • No country initiates automatic referral to health group organisation or treatment centres upon self-exclusion.

An executive summary of the study can be found here.

The full study can be found here.

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