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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...

After several articles on the decree governing new Italian remote gaming licenses and casino and cash poker games, I believe it is useful to have a summary of the above to avoid to get lost!After more than a year of delays, the Italian decree regulating online poker casino games and poker cash games has finally come into force. A second Decree, which regulates the award of 200 new remote gaming licences and upgrades the current licences has also been published, thus giving to potential new entrants in the market all the tools necessary to join one of the fastest growing markets in Europe.The Casino and Cash Poker DecreeFor the first time, Italian licensed operators will be able to offer casino...

The Italian Government has recently approved a decree amending some of relevant provisions of the Italian Privacy Code aimed at simplifying the privacy obligations for Italian businesses. In short, these are the main changes: COMPANIES' PERSONAL DATA: Italy was one of the very few EU countries extending the applicability of privacy laws also to personal data of companies. This decree has not clarified that companies' data are not deemed to be "personal data" for the purposes of the Italian Privacy Code if processed for standard administrative and accounting purposes i.e. if processed for other purposes they will still fall under the umbrella of Italian privacy laws; INFRAGROUP TRANSFERS OF PERSONAL DATA: infragroup transfers of personal data have always been a major...

The Italian Videolottery market is growing faster than initially expected. According to the data available on the press, 19,000 VLTs (out of the 57,000 that concessionaires can instal) have been installed so far generating a turnover during the first 3 months of 2011 of € 2.2 billions (i.e. € 1,280 per machine/day) with each VLT awarding on a daily basis € 1,152 in winnings, with profits for the owners of gaming halls of  € 40/50 per machine/day and for the concessionaires of € 50/60 per machine/day.Such a huge and rich market required a better monitoring of its actors. For this purpose the Italian Gambling Authority has now created a registry of all the entities involved in the offering of games...