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Switzerland to Block Foreign-based Gambling Sites

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Switzerland is going to block foreign-based companies from the Swiss market.

The federal commissions in charge of gambling, lotteries and betting said that they will soon publish a “blacklist” of online gambling sites that would be blocked as of July 1.

The new move will allow only casinos and gaming companies certified in Switzerland to operate in the country, including on the internet. The law will meanwhile for the first time enable Swiss companies to offer online gambling.

The law is meant to help combat gambling addiction, which according to Addiction Switzerland afflicts nearly 75,000 people in the small Alpine nation, costing society more than half a billion Swiss francs annually.

The law will enable Switzerland to tax revenues from online gambling activities, with the proceeds set to help fund anti-addiction measures.

As per the government, Swiss gamblers spend around 250 million Swiss francs annually on unregulated betting sites abroad that pay nothing into public coffers.

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Denmark’s New Marketing Regulations for Gambling Begins on April 1

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Denmark’s new marketing regulations for gambling are set to come in effect on April 1. As per the new regulations, gambling marketing must include new information and links.

Gambling marketing must now show the age limit for betting and information about the national self-exclusion register. Operators must also direct customers towards the responsible gambling guide by regulator Spillemyndigheden.

“These rules are expected to raise some questions from licence-holders and other stakeholders. Depending on the type of media, it may be difficult to comply with the requirements of the executive orders. Spillemyndigheden will soon be publishing a guide where examples of requirements for different media types will be reviewed,” the regulator said.

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IDnow is certified for operation of identification solutions via remote working

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IDnow, a leading provider of Identity Verification-as-a-Service solutions with over 250 customers in Europe, has received official certification from TÜV IT for the operation of identification solutions via teleworking. This marks an important milestone for the industry to be able to operate and expand the necessary customer identification for banking and business processes even under exceptional circumstances.

The independent testing institute TÜV IT has certified the IDnow security concept for the operation of video identification and Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) via remote working. The certification proves that the security measures carried out by IDnow in remote working achieve an equivalent security level as in the certified high-security IDnow Ident Centers. In consideration of the Corona (COVID-19) pandemic, this certification is now of particular importance, as it allows IDnow’s identification solutions for high-security processes to be used unchanged and further expanded even under the current circumstances.

“It is very important to us to be able to provide our customers with a reliable service at all times – especially in the current situation. With our certified concept, we are equipped to continue to offer our employees a safe working environment and to provide our service in a fail-safe manner. We can activate these measures at any time”, says Andreas Bodczek, CEO of IDnow. “Right now, we see an increased demand for remote identification as well as an increase in online credit transactions. We are proud that with our products we can make a contribution to ensuring smooth business and banking processes even in times of social distancing and that we can meet this demand of society”, he adds.

In addition to this remote working concept, IDnow is particularly fail-safe in comparison to the rest of the industry, with a diversification to eleven geographically distributed ID centre locations. The sites are located in various cities across Germany and Europe. A software specially developed for this purpose distributes incoming identification requests simultaneously to all ID centres. In this way, a disruption of one identification centre location can be compensated by other locations without delay.

“Over the past few years, we have invested heavily in the resilience and security of our technology and infrastructure. This is now paying off especially well for our customers. In the last few days we have received a significantly increased number of enquiries from major customers interested in our service as a highly secure identification solution”, says Armin Bauer, co-founder and CTO of IDnow.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee Signs Bill Allowing Sports Betting in Tribal Casinos

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a bill that will allow sports gambling at tribal casinos in the state.

“This will allow people to participate in a new gaming activity that is safe and well-regulated by the tribes,” Inslee said.

Washington Indian Gaming Association Executive Director Rebecca Kaldor thanked Inslee for supporting the bill.

“The revenue generated by tribal gaming funds critical needs in our communities,” Kaldor said.

“Tribal communities and governments are currently dealing with the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. As we recover from this crisis, the addition of this amenity will help tribal governments fund the essential services their members will need to get back up on their feet,” Kaldor added.

Supporters of the bill said betting on sports was widespread in Washington already and legalising it would protect consumers.

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