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The other day after having lost the tenth online auction because of the Internet connection speed of my smartphone, I started thinking about mobile gaming, mobile payments and how difficult is still to purchase an item on an e-commerce website using a smartphone. Despite the considerable increase of the number of smartphones in Italy (we are one of the countries with the highest percentage of mobiles per citizen), the  technologies dedicated to mobiles do not still allow players to use their phone just as they use their lap top. What is the most relevant issue? Does it just depend on the Internet connection speed? When will we be able to play online poker using our smartphone without being worried of...

eGaming Review has defined - in a recent report - the Italian market "huge". Indeed - according to the report - the Italian market is expected to become by the end of 2009 the largest European gaming market generating a turnover of € 18.7 bn. Also, these figures are likely to considerably increase in the next years taking into account that the percentage of money lost by Italians online is expected to be just 5% in 2009 which is very low if compared to the UK where it is 18-20%. My understanding is that the launch of cash games and videolotteries (that is expected to occur at the beginning of 2010) will further increase the potentials of the Italian market. In fact, on one hand operators offering online poker games which have been the most popular games...

Following a number of discussions on the topic, the revised version of the ePrivacy Directive governing the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector will be shortly adopted by the European Commission. The current proposal prescribes: Mandatory Notification of Personal Data Breaches: communications providers and ISPs processing individuals' personal data that have been compromised (e.g. because of a destruction, a loss, an alteration or an unauthorised disclosure) shall inform such individuals if the breach is likely to damage them;  Spyware and Cookies: ISPs shall provide users with better information on the use of cookies and easiers means to control them; Spamming: persons negatively affected by spam will be entitled to bring effective legal proceedings against spammers; Enforcement Powers: national data protection...

I had discussed in a previous post about the draft law decree filed by Ms. Brambilla, the Italian Ministry of the Tourism, allowing the opening of casinos in all the Italian five stars hotels. This law proposal have been highly criticized also because according to the press it would have led to very limited benefits in the tourism sector, while it might become very dangerous for citizens. The Italian members of the Parliament seem to have now lowered their targets. Indeed, the proposal recently filed by Mr. Pastorio and Mr. Brunetta prescribes the opening of “only” 8 new casinos that shall be located in towns where there are already in place hotels, restaurants and other services able to meet the...

OUT-LAW.COM reports that Mr. Kaplan, the founder of BetOnSports.com, has been jailed for four years in the United States since Internet gambling is there illegal under local laws and Kaplan and his company were offering their games to US residents through the Internet, even if the company was based in Costa Rica. This news raises the interesting issue concerning the offer through the Internet of games by operators based abroad that do not hold a local gaming license. Indeed, Italian criminal laws require that the offer of games to players located in Italy is allowed only to operators holding an Italian gaming license i.e. even if an operator is licensed for instance in the UK or in Austria cannot offer its games to Italian residents, unless...

Playbonuscasino.com reports that Italian casinos and foreign casinos located close to Italian borders fear the negative consequences that might potentially derive from the launch of Videolottery casinos. As already discussed, the setting up of gaming halls dedicated to Videlotteries (VLTs) (the so called "VLT casinos") is expected to lead to considerable changes in the Italian gaming market where presently there are only 4 casinos, all located in the North of Italy (Venice, Sanremo, Campione d'Italia and Saint Vincent), and the opening of further casinos is prohibited by criminal laws, unless legislative developments occur. Because of the legal constraints to the opening of additional "real" casinos, casinos located close to Italian boundaries attract a considerable number of Italian players and - for instance -they reppresent 80% of the Lugano casino's clients. Following the launch of VLT casinos,...

Spanish gaming news.com reports that the privatization of State managed lotteries and betting in Spain is now closer. This means that the Spain might shortly become a new target for gaming operators that have seen in few years first the opening up of the Italian gaming market and will be shortly see the end of the State monopolies in France. This scenario brings me to the conclusion that it is high time to set some EU-wide gaming rules allowing – as already occurred for instance in the e-commerce sector – operators to offer their games throughout all the European Union complying only with the rules of the country where they are based and avoiding the issues already discussed. ...

The coming into force of the rules governing class actions in Italy has been postponed several times, but finally such regulations - as amended by Law 23 July 2009 No. 99 - will come into force on 1 January 2010. This is a considerable change that however will have limited effects since it will be possible to bring class actions only for the protection of: contractual rights of a number of consumers and users which have an identical claim towards a company, including claims based on standard contractual terms (e.g. the Ts&Cs of a website); identical rights held by final users of a product towards its manufacturer; andidentical rights of consumers and users to the recovery of the damages arising out of unfair commercial practices or of unfair competition conducts.  Despite of the limited scope of the...

After the issue of the new rules governing online bingo, the Italian gaming authority has also set new rules for offline bingo prescribing that: the applicable taxes will be equal to 11% (previously 20%) of the sale price of bingo cards; and thatthe amount due to the centralized gaming controller will be 1% (previously up to 3.80%) of the sale price of bingo cards. Also, it will be possible to postpone the payment of the abovementioned amount up to 60 days from the date of collection of the bingo cards and in any case up to the 15th of December of each year for the amount due in relation to the last two months period of each year. Finally the new rules prescribed that the awarded jackpot shall be at least 70%...

Datonomy reports that tougher sanctions for data protection breaches are about to be introduced in the UK. This reminds me that similar measures have been implemented in Italy at the end of 2008. Indeed, Law No. 207/2008 prescribed, among others, sanctions:up to € 36,000 if a privacy policy compliant with the requirements prescribed by Italian data protection law is not provided to users; andup to € 120,000 for the unlawful processing of personal data (which includes any processing of personal data without the prior consent of the relative user) and for the lack of implementation of the security measures in the processing of personal data that are specifically decribed in the Italian Data Protection Code;  Moreover, Law No. 207/2008 states that if the same entity breaches several provisions of the Italian...