Related Articles KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Submit Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Online gambling trade body the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has published its latest study ‘Consumer Protection in EU Online Gambling Regulation’, outlining significant all-around failings in consumer protections across EU member states.The study is authored by Dr Margaret Carran of City University London and reveals an un-harmonised and unequal marketplace with regards to online consumer protections which should be in place to safeguard player transactions and engagements.In its review of current standards, the EGBA monitors whether key principals of the ‘European Commission’s Recommendation 2014/478/EU’ had been implemented across member states focusing on the provisions of – customer verification, protection of minors, social responsibility measures, best practices and gaps within operating frameworks.Publishing its latest report, the EGBA states that the European Commission’s lead 2014 objective of ‘protecting all online gamblers in Europe’ has not been achieved as a mandate, due to substantial divergence in member state marketplace requirements with regards to underlying consumer protections.Maarten Haijer – EGBAUpdating the market, Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of the EGBA, explained: “Because online gambling in Europe is regulated at national level, the level of consumer protection provided to players varies depending on where they reside in the EU – and this is entirely inadequate for what is an inherently borderless digital sector.”“Guidelines have proven insufficient and we call on EU policymakers to act by introducing mandatory rules to ensure there is a consistently high-level of consumer protection and uniform safety nets for all online gamblers in Europe.”Key findings in the EGBA study detail that since 2014 only Denmark has implemented the EC player protections recommendation/guidelines fully.On player verification, at present 22 member states require customer identities to be verified upon application to open an online gambling account.Protecting minors, all EU member states that allow online gambling services impose a minimum age requirement, with the 22 states setting a uniform age restriction of +18-years of age.Nevertheless, the EGBA details that guidelines remain unequal with regards to advertising practices, where only 13 member states have implemented ‘no underage gambling’ signs to be displayed across advertising/marketing content.At a social responsibility level, whilst the majority of member states (23) have enforced that online gambling operators oblige a self-exclusion player function. The EGBA finds that operators are left unsupported by a lack of established self-exclusion registers (14-only) across member states.Furthermore, online gambling responsibility frameworks are hindered by the fact that no EU member state ‘automatically refers at-risk gamblers to health group organisation or treatment centres upon self-exclusion’.In its report summary, the EGBA further outlines that the European Commission has failed to deliver an appropriate review of online gambling safeguards within member states that was meant to be processed by January 2017.Concluding – “The study attributes this failure to the voluntary, non-binding nature of the guidelines and concludes that mandatory EU rules are needed to ensure a uniform, high-level of consumer protection for online gamblers in Europe”.
Virat Kohli-led Team India has reached Sri Lanka for almost a seven week long full-fledged tour starting with the first Test at Galle from July 26.The odds were against India the last time they toured Sri Lanka in 2015, but Kohli led the inexperienced side to a comeback win in the Test series. India lost the first of the three-test series against their South Asian neighbours but won the next two matches.”This game rewards people who are brave and who are willing to do the hard yards and that is something that we as a team and us have worked towards. Transition initially can take a few months, but after that it is all about mentally how much you believe you are there is what counts,” Kohli said while addressing the media in Sri Lanka.”When we last played Sri Lanka, the difference in test experience was huge as (Kumar) Sangakkara was still playing and Angelo (Mathews) was also in the side, Rangana Herath was also there and Dhammika Prasad. So the experience was not even close when you see the number of Test matches. What we told our group was, what matters is, how much you believe more than the opposition. You might have played a hundred games, but someone who has played 10 games has more belief is going to do better on the field,” Kohli added. This game rewards people who are brave and who are willing to do the hard yards – @imVkohli #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/tqr8ocPaNYadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2017They have since gone on to beat West Indies away and registered home victories against South Africa, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. Kohli’s men are currently ranked number one in the world.The last time India toured Sri Lanka, Ravi Shastri was at the helm as team director. His first assignment as head coach also starts with a Sri Lanka tour.Shastri has adviced the Indian team players to play with a mindset of winning matches.”My role in this profession is to get the guys in a frame of mind to get out there and express themselves and play a brand of cricket that is fearless, where you play to win at all cost. And there is no compromise on that. If you can get them in that frame of mind, that’s your job. They know their job, they are professional cricketers, they know once they step across the line they take over and that is it should be. Keep is simple but there is a lot of work out in before that in the preparation,” Shastri said.My role will be to get the guys to express themselves & play a brand of cricket that is fearless, where you play to win: @RaviShastriOfc pic.twitter.com/mkXJYGfXjZ- BCCI (@BCCI) July 20, 2017India and Sri Lanka play three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International. read more