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In a previous post, we had discussed about the issue of the rules governing the authorization process necessary for the provision of online bingo in Italy. However, the launch of online bingo was still pending since the Italian Gaming Authority had to adapt the rules governing online bingo to the new rules governing offline bingo. Such additional rules have now been issued prescribing - among others - that during a trial period expiring on 31 December 2010 the awarded jackpot shall be at least 70% of the total amount collected from the sale of bingo cards during each game and also amending the regulations on the allocation of the prizes.According to the Italian Gaming Authority the launch of online bingo...

The offer of games to Italian residents can be performed only by operators holding an Italian gaming license. The breach of this obligation by operators and companies advertising non-licensed operators is punished with criminal sanctions. Also, since 2007 Italian ISPs are obliged to block the access by Italian residents to non-licensed gaming websites that are included in a blacklist which is updated on a monthly basis. However, players and operators have found means able to circumvent the block implemented by ISPs. This has led to considerable complaints by licensed operators which are suffering damages because of non-licensed operators. As a consequence, the Italian Gaming Authority has now announced that it will implement stricter measures against non-licensed gaming operators. We’ll see...

As already discussed in a previous post, any company advertising its products/services, having a website or performing any marketing activity should carefully review its compliance with the regulations governing unfair commercial practices. This is even more true after the issue by the European Commission the Guidance on the Implementation/Application of the Directive 2005/29/EC on Unfair Commercial Practices. The Guidance has clarified – among others – that:the obligations prescribed by the Directive are applicable also to before/after sale practices e.g. the Italian Competition Authority fined a telecoms company for delaying and preventing its customers from switching to another service provider;social networking sites and blogs can lead to hidden unfair commercial practices when - for instance - companies pay bloggers to promote and...

Recentpoker.com reports that the Belgian Parliament has passed a new law on gaming and betting law. The Belgian draft law had been reviewed by the European Commission which had issued a detailed opinion on the bill. The points of the draft law that raised major concerns related to:the requirement for online operators to be established in Belgium;the unjustified limitation of the number of available licenses;the requirement to have a server located in Belgium;criminal sanctions on consumers wishing to play with EU licensed operators.Despite of the objections from the European Commission, the Belgian government believed that no amendment of the draft law was necessary and now the Belgian Parliament has given its approval to the law.As a general comment, the arguments raised...

As anticipated in a previous post, the draft decrees governing Videolotteries and online cash games were under the review of the European Commission for a 3 months “stand still” period. Such period is now over and only the Maltese government filed some comments on the decree regulating online cash games that however are not binding.The Italian gaming authority is now expected to issue the final decrees and - according to the information currently available – the launch of online cash games is expected to occur in March 2010. This means that in couple of months .IT online gaming websites will be able to offer the same types of games currently available on .COM websites which will make them even more attractive for...

Italy has always been one of the countries with the highest rate of tax evasion. In this context, one of the main problems is that a number of shops, professionals and even companies do not issue receipts on all the purchases performed by their customers and clients. Therefore their “official” turnover is substantially lower than the funds actually collected.  Since the increase of the applicable fines has not showed to be fully effective notwithstanding the increase in tax investigations, the Italian government is currently reviewing the possibility to introduce the so called “scratch and win receipts”. As a consequence of such measure, customers will be encouraged to require the issue of receipts on any purchase since they might win prizes...

The Italian Communications Authority launched on 19 November 2009 an informative review concerning the "Guarantees for consumers and the protection of the competition with reference to VoIP voice services from mobile network and to peer to peer traffic" which will last 120 days. This review is aimed at ascertaining the technical, economic and legal aspects concerning the provision of such services and the compliance of mobile operators strategies limiting their use with the applicable legal framework. In particular, according to the consultation paper, with reference to:consumer protection issues: the Authority will review whether discriminatory conducts damaging specific categories of users took place; while in relation to the protection of competition: the Authority will review the relationships between network operators and service providers to verify whether any strategy limiting the competition...

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...