Archive | January, 2019

Gambling Health Alliance to focus on gambling-related harms

It has been announced today by the Royal Society for Public Health (“RSPH”) and GambleAware that the RSPH is to establish a Gambling Health Alliance (“GHA”) with the support of GambleAware. Their joint press release (that can be downloaded below) states as follows: The new Alliance will seek to ensure that gambling and the harms which […]

Industry warning notice regarding use of NDAs

The Gambling Commission has today posted on its website an “industry warning notice” regarding the use of non-disclosure clauses (NDAs) in agreements that may have had the effect of preventing consumers from reporting regulatory concerns to the Commission, by either excluding disclosure to any third party or, in some cases, explicitly preventing customers from contacting the Gambling Commission. […]

Regulation and evolution of affiliate marketing

iGB has published its first ever Affiliate focused e-zine ahead of next week’s London Affiliate Conference. Authored by Scott Longley and entitled ‘Under pressure: Regulation and the evolution of affiliate marketing‘, it extensively quotes comments made by David Clifton. You can download a free copy of the e-zine here, where it is previewed as follows: This […]

GVC launches global responsible gambling campaign

GVC Holdings PLC, the multinational sports betting and gaming group that owns the Ladbrokes Coral Group, has announced a global responsible gambling campaign, Changing for the Bettor, which is being spearheaded by a major new research project into problem gambling with the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Its press […]

Gambling Commission researches safer gambling messaging in a collaborative workshop

As reported on its website, in line with its ongoing call for greater collaboration, the Gambling Commission has trialled a “co-creation workshop”, that: “brings stakeholders together to explore a key industry issue” and “involves multiple participants from different backgrounds sharing ideas in a collaborative, open forum”. The initial two workshops have been directed at improving approaches to minimising gambling related […]

“Raffling” big ticket items such as houses and cars

As long ago as December 2013, we posted tips on how to avoid your sales promotions, prize draws and prize competitions being classified as gambling activities requiring a licence. We followed this: in 2016, with a report on developments in the law relating to the status of Spot the Ball competitions and David Clifton’s subsequent article for […]

Key AML issues explored at “Keeping Crime out of Gambling” conference

At yesterday’s extremely thought-provoking KnowNow Keeping Crime out of Gambling conference, David Clifton moderated the AML Update panel session, aspects of which have already been reported by Gambling Compliance. Topics covered by David and his panellists (pictured below, left to right): Jon Duffy, Director of Corporate Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Genting Casinos UK, Isabella Chase, Financial Crime Writer, ComplyAdvantage Ewout Wierda, […]

Incomplete variation applications to be rejected by the Gambling Commission w.e.f. 4 February

The Gambling Commission has announced that, in the same way that it now refuses to accept incomplete new operating licence applications, it will soon cease to accept incomplete applications to vary Operating Licences. With effect from 4 February, the Commission will be: updating its website to: clearly signal a change in the acceptance of incomplete applications and make […]

House of Lords suggests in-play betting will stop altogether

On 16 January 2019, Question Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate posed the following Question in the House of Lords: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban gambling advertising, particularly on television, to counter the negative effects on vulnerable and younger people, and others. Lord Ashton of Hyde, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department […]

SARs Annual Report published by the NCA

The National Crime Agency (“NCA”) has published its 2018 SARs Annual Report (that can be downloaded below). The report sets out: Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) reporting statistics by sectors key engagements how SARs analysis has supported partner agencies case studies and the plan for 2018-19. It shows that in the period April 2017 to March 2018: […]