The chair of the council will be Brigid Simmonds, who will be stepping down from her CEO position at the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA). She stated that – “The gambling industry is a hugely significant contributor to the leisure industry and the economy. There are however, critical issues facing the sector and that is why I will ensure creating a safe gambling environment is top priority.”
Simon Emeny, a BBPA Chairman, commented on Simmonds saying that
The method for the lawmakers of Malaysia is to update the gambling legislation, as most of the currently enforced laws were written during the 1950’s and 1960’s. A recent interview with Malaysia’s Home Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin revealed that he intends to have the laws brought up to the because they do not cover any activity around online gambling
Along with the increase in illegal gambling activity, it has been revealed that it’s attracting people who are meant to be stopping it. Parliamentary member Alice Lau told the press that there has been an increasing number of police officers who have been taking part and facilitating illegal operations. Yassin commented to say that the government will be taking appropriate action against any law enforcement officer found to be involved in the illegal industry.
Duncan Garvie, BetBlocker Managed said “with more and more people accessing gambling via their mobile devices it is more important than ever that there is a resource available for those who feel that gambling is getting on top of them to take action to help themselves limit their exposure to this addictive activity. Restricting gambling apps further improves our service for Android users, limiting one more avenue of access.”
It’s been said that BetBlocker is hoping for the feature to transition into a “community project” with users reporting sites and apps that have been missed by the blocking system, to continuously improve it. Currently the feature only blocks sites that are confirmed to be gambling sites, instead of using keywords to determine, in an effort to prevent “false negative” results
When using the Gambling Self Restriction tool, users are able to choose their own restriction length, from anywhere between 24 hours and 5 years. Once activated the user will not be able to deactivate the restriction until the set time has been met. Users can also select to include gambling information sites too, to ensure they are not exposed to advertising for gambling or have their self-control challenged.
The Swedish regulator had spent a considerable amount of time investigating the operations of the company and in doing so, had found many violations of the regulators most important laws which were put in place to protect players. One of the biggest discoveries was that customers were able to spend large amounts of money without the company having an appropriate reaction. It was also found that players were able to continue playing far beyond their own set deposit limits.
Additionally, when it came to the measures taken to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, there were a number of shortcomings. The final nail in the coffin was when they found SafeEnt to be offering numerous bonuses to their players, which is strictly against the agreement
SafeEnt claimed they were constantly working to implement new measures to correct the deficiencies that have been outlined. However, Spelinspektionen have said that the actions are too little too late and stated that SafeEnt lacks understanding of important parts of the local gambling laws and in turn, has revoked the licence with immediate effect.
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