Archive | April, 2018

Regulator counsels restraint on stakes, ups ante on player data

We have reported previously on the Gambling Commission’s advice to support the Government with its review of gaming machines and social responsibility measures. In an article for iGaming Times (that can be downloaded below), David Clifton is quoted extensively, suggesting that even the most restrained of the Commission’s recommendations would result in significant cost burdens associated with player […]

Lessons to be learned from Tabcorp Public Statement

The Gambling Commission has published a public statement (that can be downloaded below) relating to its review of the operating licence of Tabcorp UK Limited (trading as Sunbets) following an investigation by the Commission into the following: weaknesses in its systems relating to self-exclusions resulting in a breach of Social Responsibility Code 3.5.3(1) & (6) in […]

UK regulator fires ‘warning shot’ on GDPR

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “UK regulator fires ‘warning shot’ on GDPR” that can be downloaded below. Commenting on the Commission’s recently published GDPR Information Note entitled “Gambling Regulation and the General Data Protection Regulation”, David says: “I doubt it’s adequate but it’s start. I foresee a need for further commission guidance […]

Neil McArthur appointed as new Gambling Commission Chief Executive

We are pleased to congratulate Neil McArthur on his appointment as Chief Executive of the Gambling Commission. Formerly the Commission’s Executive Director and General Counsel, Neil replaces Sarah Harrison who stepped down as CEO at the end of February. The Commission’s announcement of Neil’s appointment can be downloaded below. UPDATE: David Clifton is interviewed in the May 2018 edition […]

ICO’s Guide to the GDPR

We have reported separately on the publication today by the Gambling Commission of its published its long-awaited GDPR Information Note entitled “Gambling Regulation and the General Data Protection Regulation”. The GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018. More information on GDPR and its regulation in the UK is available on the Information Commissioner Office’s […]

Gambling Commission publishes GDPR Information Note

With the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) coming into effect on 25 May 2018, the Gambling Commission has published its own long-awaited GDPR Information Note entitled “Gambling Regulation and the General Data Protection Regulation”, commenting: “We take the view that GDPR is not intended to prevent operators from taking steps which are necessary in the […]

Cumulative impact policies given statutory footing with effect from today

Section 141 of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 has come into force today, giving cumulative impact assessments (“CIAs”) a statutory footing by introducing new provisions within the Licensing Act 2003. This is in line with the Home Office’s Modern Crime Prevention Strategy, published in March 2016, that included a range of measures on preventing alcohol-related crime […]

Prohibition on offering bets on any EuroMillions draws comes into effect today

Pursuant to a DCMS “Consultation​ ​Response:​ ​Prohibiting Third​ ​Party​ ​Betting​ ​on​ ​Non-UK EuroMillions​ ​Draws” document in December 2017 (on which we reported previously), the Gambling Act 2005 (Operating Licence Conditions) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 have come into force today (6 April 2018). The consequence of this is that a new statutory licence condition is imposed on all existing (a) general […]

Dealing with LCCP changes and key event reporting

David Clifton’s monthly “Licensing Expert” article for SBC News entitled “Dealing with LCCP changes and key event reporting” arrives a little earlier this month to take account of the recent changes to the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”) that came into effect on Wednesday of this week 4 April. In his article (that can be […]