U.K. Online Gambling Operators Security Concerns Explained

Published Monday, November 04, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com
U.K. Online Gambling Operators Security Concerns Explained

A new plan proposed by the United Kingdom’s Gambling Commission will require some online gambling operators to file their returns over the internet. The proposal has raised some concerns about the security of the process.

Firms with remote bingo, sports betting, and casino licenses, as well as those with a gambling software operating license will be required to submit regulatory returns electronically in order to save costs to the industry.

In order to reassure the operators that the process is secure the Gambling commission has issued a statement as well as hiring a legal team to explain the details. A number of measures were already in place to protect the confidentiality of files. "Concerns have previously been raised over the security of submitting data electronically," the regulator said in its consultation paper. The Commission would reiterate that procedures are in place to ensure that data is stored securely with controls to prevent access. Our online system is encrypted and requires licensees to authenticate themselves before being able to submit and access their own data."

"We have been accredited against the ISO: 27001 standard since 2010. This is an internationally recognized standard for evaluating how securely an organization manages and stores its information. As a public authority, the Commission also adheres to the Security Policy Framework and supporting guidance issued by Cabinet Office to ensure that the information we process is handled and stored in a secure manner in line with best practice and HMG requirements,"

The legal team for the commission Out-Law.com principal expert Audrey Ferrie of Pinsent Masons commented that operators have a right to expect the Commission's systems to be secure.

"Under the Commission's plans, regulatory returns to be submitted electronically could range from sensitive financial information, such as details about revenue sharing agreements with other businesses, as well as the number of active customer accounts, information about unresolved disputes and suspicious activity reports," Ferrie continued, "Gambling operators are rightly eager to avoid this information falling into the wrong hands."

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