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Betway Ltd. awarded ISO 27001 certification

George Miller

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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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Latvian Parliament Approves the Amendments to the National Legislation on Gambling

Niji Narayan

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Latvian Parliament Approves the Amendments to the National Legislation on Gambling
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The Latvian parliament has passed the amendments to the national legislation on gambling. The new rules prohibit the Latvians from gambling on the websites of unlicensed international online gambling operators.

Latvian citizens who used the services of unlicensed gambling casinos will get a fine of up to € 350 per incident. Players who avoid taxes for winnings can also be fined. It is assumed that the fine will be 23% for any amount of winnings over € 3,000. There is a €20 thousand penalty for Internet providers who fail to report information about the cases of illegal online gambling.

The Latvian Inspection on lotteries and gambling has blacklisted more than 1500 gaming domains, however, according to media reports, Internet providers blocked only a third of domains form the blacklist.

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Spillemyndigheden Issues Warning on Marketing Bonus Offers

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The Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden, has released a statement and issued warning to the operators.

The regulator assessed that the use of the word “free” when marketing a bonus offer is misleading if a wagering requirement is attached to the offer.

In accordance with the Consumer Ombudsman, in 2016, a statement contemplated the use of the word “free” in bonus offers. “The Consumer Ombudsman found that the chance of winning a win was impaired because consumers could not raise their winnings if they stopped the game before the wagering requirement was met, and the total sum of consumer deposits and winnings was higher than the consumer’s initially deposited amount,” said the statement.

The gambling authority said that this is similar to other concepts such as “free spins” and “free bet” if a turnover requirement is attached to the offer. “The use of these terms can create an expectation on the part of the consumer that the offer is actually free without any limitations and will therefore be contrary to the law if this is not the case,” said the watchdog.

 

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FDJ Sets New Plans for CSR Efforts

Niji Narayan

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Française des Jeux (FDJ), the French gaming operator, has set out new plans for corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts to clamp down on issues such as problem gambling, underage players and fraud.

This year onwards, the operator will commit 10% of its annual television advertising budget to responsible gambling.

Last year, FDJ has trained more than 13,000 members of staff on how they can prevent underage gambling. This year also, FDJ will continue its retail training initiative.

This year, FDJ will develop and launch a new money laundering risk assessment tool that will be applied to all of its retail and digital bets.

The operator will also implement an action plan with the aim of becoming a carbon neutral business in 2019 and reducing its carbon emissions by 20% by 2025.

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