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Following the completion of the highly debated consultation concerning Italian regulations governing the liability of Internet Service Providers for copyright breaches, the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) has issued a draft of the new regulations.Important changes have been implemented compared to the previous draft subject of the consultation including:the provisions allowing the AGCOM to order the blocking/filtering of the access by Italian to illegal websites have been removed;the challenging proceeding before the AGCOM has become always a mere alternative to the court proceeding; the timeframe of the notice and take down proceeding - based on the model of the DMCA - has been extended to avoid the risk of summary judgments by the AGCOM. ISPs will have a 4 days period...

The Italian Government is in the process of adopting, as part of the so called Budget law, a Law Decree containing a number of provisions that might lead to a revolution in the gaming sector.In brief the most relevant provisions are:New VLT Licences: a call for tenders for the award of new videolottery licences will be launched by 30 September 2011 – this might be a great opportunity also for foreign operators that might have much more experience in a sector that is very new for Italian operators; Live Poker: a call for tenders for the award of 1,000 live poker licences will be launched by 30 November 2011 – AAMS will set out the rules of the game and a...

As anticipated the Italian Gambling Authority, AAMS, and the French Gambling Authority, ARJEL, have been negotiating a bilateral agreement that should enhance the cooperation between the two regulators. According to a press release issued by AAMS, the bilateral agreement has been now signed. This represents the first agreement between gambling regulators of two different jurisdictions and, according to the press release, the purpose of the agreement is to foster the cooperation against illegal websites, encourage the compliance with ethical principles in sports competitions and monitor and support operators acting legally and protect players.In particular, it will be very important the cooperation against illegal websites that offer games to Italian/French players without holding an Italian/French gambling licence. Indeed, the illegal market might be among the...

The Italian Gaming Authority has now published the data relating to the Italian online gaming market up to May 2011. The data show a reduction of in the turnover generated by online sportsbetting games of 2.7% compared to the same month of last year which might be due to the end of the Italian football championship and the lack of interest on the last matches. But what raises more concerns is the reduction in the turnover (equal to € 247,803,388) generated by skill game + poker tournament games of 12.7 % compared to May 2010. It is difficult to understand the reason of such reduction, however a possible explanation might be that operators are postponing their main advertising campaigns waiting for the launch of casino and cash...

The Italian Gambling Authority has published today the new regulations governing online bingo games. No major surprises have been unvailed. For those that expected the adoption of bingo regulations allowing more flexibility to operators and the implementation of different bingo variants, unfortunately they will be disappointed. The new bingo regulations are still subject to the limitations prescribed by the previous regulations, but adapt the regulations to the new licensing regime also extending the favourable tax regime up to 31 December 2011. The main change introduced by such regulations is the lowering of the minimum price of bingo tickets from € 0.10 to € 0.01 so allowing operators to offer "soft" versions of bingo making it more and more a family game. Need more information on bingo?...

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....