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After never ending delays, the launch date of Italian online casino and cash poker games is finally occuring very shortly. The Italian Gambling Authority, AAMS, has now published a notice informing operators that the first authoritizations to the offering of casino and cash poker games will be issued on the 18th of July 2011 and subsequently every first and third Monday of each month. This does not mean that all the operators will gain their authorization on that day, but those that fulfill all the applicable technical and legal requirements and have submitted the appropriate documentation to AAMS might be in the position to start offering such games very soon. The launch of these new games that on .COM websites are in...

As a reaction to the very recent betting scandal relating to footbal fixed matches, important new initiatives have been adopted by the Italian Gambling Authority and the Italian Ministry of Home Affairs. The Italian Gambling Authority (AAMS) has not only declared that has been cooperating and will more and more cooperate with licensees and the competent authorities in order to identify illegal conducts connected to events subject of bets, but that wil also execute by the end of the month of June a bilateral agreement with the French Gambling Authority aimed at fostering the exchange of information between the two authorities in order to better detect illegal conducts. This might represent the first step towards the sharing of gaming liquidity between the two countries...

The Italian Data Protection Authority has now introduced new relevant data protection obligations for banks.Indeed banks subject to Italian data protection law shall, among others,:1. Communication of personal data within a group of banks Banks will be able to transfer customers' personal data to other banks of the same group only with the prior consent of the relevant customers, unless one of the data protection exceptions  apply (e.g. the communication in necessary to perform an agreement with the data subject).2. Outsourcers Outsourcers shall be appointed in writing by banks as external data processor (i.e. as entities processing the personal data on behalf of the bank). Such appointment under Italian law is performed through a letter of appointment setting out all the data protection obligations of the outsourcer. 3....

The hottest topic in the Italian gaming market during this week is the scandal related to the fixed football matches. Indeed according to the information available on the press some football players, including famous ex players, were involved in a criminal organization fixing matches on which illegal bets were placed.This news was coupled with the publication by some websites of data on bets illegally placed by Italian players on websites run under a non-Italian licence. Indeed Italian law requires that operators hold an Italian licence to be able to offer games to players located in Italy and sanctions the breach of such obligation with the imprisonment up to 3 years.According to the press, the turnover generated by the offering of bets...

I receive more and more requests of advice from clients having a Fan Page on Social Networks dedicated to their company trademark or one of their major products in relation to the liability for the contents published on the Fan Page. In most of the cases the question is “Who is the owner of our Fan Page? The Fan Page is not on our website!”, but also different questions arise reviewing this issue such as: are Fan Page creators hosting providers or content providers for the purposes of the E-Commerce Directive 2000/31/EC and in particular is the hosting providers liability exemption prescribed by the E-Commerce Directive applicable to Fan Page creator; since most of Social Networks are managed by companies based in the...

The Court of Appeal of Catania (Sicily) has issued an Interesting decision against the blog "Accadeinsicilia.it" run by a famous Italian historian Carlo Ruta providing (not on a regular basis) information on Sicily. The Court of Catania challenged to Mr. Ruta that the blog was not enrolled in the Court registry as requested by Italian press law in relation to all press material and issued a fine of € 150 against Mr. Ruta. What is more interesting of this decision is the qualification by the court of the blog like any other press material that is consequently subject to the registration obligation. The decision has been highly criticised and, according to some commentators, such qualification might have a negative impact on the growth of the Internet as the...

It expires today the deadline for the implementation of the so called EU Cookies Directive 2009/136/EC amending, among others, the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC setting out specific privacy-related regulations governing the electronic communications sector. The provision of the EU Cookies Directive that is leading to the most relevant discussions concerns the obligation to require the prior consent (the so called opt-in) from the subscriber/user to the processing of his personal data collected through cookies. Indeed, according to the EU Cookies Directive operators shall be required to provide a privacy information notice to the user and collect his consent before storing or having access to the information in his computer. This provision has led to considerable complaints from Internet operators also because...

The Article 29 Working Party (the "WP"), the EU privacy advisory board, has issued an interesting opinion on the data protection issues connected to the provision of geo-location services on smart mobile devices. The conclusions reached by the WP are:geo-location data: geo-location data are "personal data" for the purposes of the EU Privacy Directive 95/46 as it is possible to indirectly identify the person whom they refer to and consequently the processing of such data has to comply with the obligations prescribed by applicable data protection laws;entities subject to privacy obligations: the controllers of geo-location data obliged to  comply with data protection obligations are the controllers of geo-location infrastructure, the providers of geo-location application and services and the developer of...

The Italian Gambling Authority has now published the data relating to April and the first quarter 2011. The growth of the market went beyond any expectation and indeed the aggregate turnover (both online and offline) of the first quarter 2011 was of € 24 bn with an increase of 18.2% if compared to the same period of last year. The main reason of such growth was the launch of videolotteries (VLTs) that generated € 989 M in the month of April and € 3.2 bn during the first quarter 2011 with data that are surprising if it is considered that the VLT market is still in a start-up phase with a very limited number of installed machines if compared to the € 56,697...